The 2023 World Baseball Classic is, as always, an international affair, with two of its four pools being played in the Eastern Hemisphere and the other two being played in the West.

The three host countries are Chinese Taipei, Japan, and the United States, with the U.S. hosting two pools and the championship round.

Quarterfinals will be played in the United States and Japan, before the semifinals and championship descend upon Miami’s LoanDepot Park to round out the tournament.

This marks the first time the World Baseball Classic final won’t be played on the West Coast in the USA.

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Where are World Baseball Classic pools being played?

Four ballparks are hosting pools in the 2023 WBC. Pool A is in Chinese Taipei’s Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. Pool B is in the Tokyo Dome. Pool C will be at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, and Pool D is at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida.

Each stadium is going to host 10 games in a round-robin style tournament.

Here’s what to know about these respective ballparks.

Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium (Pool A)

Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Chinese Taipei was opened in 2006.

The ballpark has a capacity of 20,000 people, and is no stranger to the early rounds of the World Baseball Classic. 

It’s the home of the CTBC Brothers, part of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Here are the dimensions of the park:

Left-field line325 feet
Left-center379 feet
Center400 feet
Right-center379 feet
Right-field line325 feet

The stadium doesn’t have quirky alleyways or the like, it’s a symmetrical stadium. So it won’t favor right- or left-handed bats.

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The Pool A schedule in this park is as follows:

March 711 p.m.Cuba vs. NetherlandsFS1
March 86 a.m.Panama vs. Chinese TaipeiFS2
March 811 p.m. Panama vs. NetherlandsFS2
March 96 a.m.Italy vs. CubaTubi
March 911:30 p.m.Cuba vs. PanamaFS1
March 106 a.m.Italy vs. Chinese TaipeiTubi
March 1011 p.m.Panama vs. ItalyFS1
March 116 a.m.Netherlands vs. Chinese TaipeiFS2
March 1111 p.m.Chinese Taipei vs. CubaFS2
March 127 a.m.Netherlands vs. ItalyFS2

Tokyo Dome (Pool B)

The Tokyo Dome is the home of the Yomiuri Giants. Opened in 1988, it’s the oldest stadium in this year’s World Baseball Classic.

The Tokyo Dome has hosted 10 MLB games since 2000, with the last one being in 2019 between the Mariners and the Athletics. Its capacity is 45,600, and has been the home of the Giants since its opening. It also previously hosted the Nippon-Ham Fighters before the opening of the Sapporo Dome in 2004.

The Tokyo Dome has hosted games in every World Baseball Classic to date — pools in 2006 and 2009, the second round in 2013, and pools and the second round in 2017. This year, it will host pools and quarterfinals.

Its dimensions:

Left-field line329 feet
Left-center360 feet
Center400 feet
Right-center360 feet
Right-field line329 feet

The Tokyo Dome is also symmetrical down right and left field.

Here are the games that will be played here in pools.

March 810 p.m.Australia vs. South KoreaFS1
March 95 a.m.China vs. JapanFS2
March 910 p.m.Czech Republic vs. ChinaTubi
March 105 a.m.Korea vs. JapanFS2
March 1010 p.m.China vs. AustraliaFS2
March 115 a.m.Czech Republic vs. JapanFS1
March 1110 p.m.Czech Republic vs. KoreaFS1
March 126 a.m.Japan vs. AustraliaFS1
March 1211 p.m.Australia vs. Czech RepublicFS2
March 136 a.m.Korea vs. ChinaFS2

Chase Field (Pool C)

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Chase Field is the home of the Diamondbacks and it will host Team USA’s pool, Pool C. Opened in 1998, Chase Field has a retractable roof and a capacity of 48,405. 

The stadium has also hosted games for the WBC before, including in the first round of the inaugural 2006 tournament. It also hosted pools in 2013.

Chase Field is the first ballpark on this list to have some quirks to its dimensions. For example, there are deeper parts of the ballpark than dead center, with right and left center being slightly further back. It’s also slightly shallower down the left field line than right.

Left-field line330 feet
Left-center374 feet
Center407 feet
Right-center374 feet
Right-field line334 feet

Surrounding dead center are walls of 413 feet on both sides.

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Here is the Pool C schedule at Chase Field.

March 112:30 p.m.Colombia vs. MexicoFox
March 1110 p.m.Great Britain vs. USAFox
March 123 p.m.Great Britain vs. CanadaFS1
March 1210 p.m.Mexico vs. USAFS1
March 133 p.m.Colombia vs. Great BritainFS2
March 1310 p.m.Canada vs. USAFS1
March 143 p.m.Canada vs. ColombiaFS2
March 1410 p.m.Great Britain vs. MexicoFS1
March 153 p.m.Mexico vs. CanadaFS2
March 1510 p.m.USA vs. ColombiaFS1

LoanDepot Park (Pool D)

Pool D is playing in Miami’s LoanDepot Park, another retractable-roof stadium that opened in 2012.

LoanDepot Park is the home of the Marlins, and it also features some architectural quirks. Its capacity is 37,442 with standing room.

Similar to Chase Field, it is asymmetrical, and is slightly deeper down the left field line, as opposed to right. To dead center it is 407 feet. 

Left-field line344 feet
Left-center386 feet
Center407 feet
Right-center392 feet
Right-field line335 feet

Pool D schedule:

March 1112 p.m.Nicaragua vs. Puerto RicoFS2
March 117 p.m.Dominican Republic vs. VenezuelaFS1
March 1212 p.m.Nicaragua vs. IsraelFS2
March 127 p.m.Venezuela vs. Puerto RicoFS1
March 1312 p.m.Dominican Republic vs. NicaraguaFS2
March 137 p.m.Israel vs. Puerto RicoFS1
March 1412 p.m.Nicaragua vs. VenezuelaFS2
March 147 p.m.Israel vs. Dominican RepublicFS2
March 1512 p.m.Venezuela vs. IsraelFS2
March 157 p.m.Puerto Rico vs. Dominican RepublicFS2

Following pool play in these four stadiums the games will be condensed to two stadiums for quarterfinals: The Tokyo Dome and LoanDepot Park.

Where are World Baseball Classic quarterfinals being played?

Japan’s Tokyo Dome and the United States’ LoanDepot Park will be the sites for the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic.

Japan will begin hosting its quarterfinal matchups between the top two seeds of Pools A & B on March 15, whereas Miami will take in four teams from Pools C & D on March 17.

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Here is the quarterfinal schedule:

March 156 a.m.Tokyo Pool B runner-up vs. Pool A winnerFS2
March 166 a.m.Tokyo Pool A runner-up vs. Pool B winnerFS2
March 177 p.m.MiamiPool C runner-up vs. Pool D winnerFS1
March 187 p.m.MiamiPool D runner-up vs. Pool C winnerFox

Where is the World Baseball Classic championship round being played?

LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida will be hosting two semifinal games and a championship game on March 19-21. The schedule for that is as follows:


March 197 p.m.MiamiQuarterfinal 1 winner vs. Quarterfinal 3 winnerFS1
March 207 p.m.MiamiQuarterfinal 2 winner vs. Quarterfinal 4 winnerFS1


March 217 p.m.MiamiSemifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winnerFS1

Where have previous WBC championships been played?

The United States has hosted every World Baseball Classic championship to date. Every final until 2017 has been played in California, with Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles hosting twice.

2006Petco ParkSan Diego, California
2009Dodger StadiumLos Angeles, California
2013AT&T Park (Now Oracle Park)San Francisco, California
2017Dodger StadiumLos Angeles, California
2023LoanDepot ParkMiami, Florida

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