24 March 2014
The L.A Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks each played Team Australia on Thursday and Friday respectively, before playing each other over the weekend in front of a sell-out crowd in Sydney and at least 150 million television viewers worldwide.
Australian Baseball received a major boost after the two successful games of US Major League Baseball’s 2014 US Opening Series were staged at the Sydney Cricket Ground in a landmark Australian first.
The Los Angeles Dodgers left Sydney triumphant and with more Aussie fans after their 7-5 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in an exciting display of US National League rivalry.
More than 100,000 people attended the four days of baseball at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with more than 25,000 visitors from interstate or overseas.
Sydney’s iconic cricket ground underwent a dramatic 20-day transformation into a baseball field designed to meet the strict US Baseball standards. The overhaul included 25 tonnes of special clay for the surface, locker room makeovers and temporary seating.
The Opening Series signals the beginning of the US Major League Baseball series and has only been played outside the United States five times, including three series in Japan.