CTBC Bank (中國信託銀行) is the title sponsor of the 2023 World Baseball Classic Pool A first round matches, which will be played from March 8 to 13 next year at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
Taiwan is one of the host countries for the fifth edition of the tournament, the biggest and highest competition in baseball in the world.
Being a host, along with Japan and the United States, shows that Taiwan is recognized as one of the top-ranked baseball nations in the world and a trustworthy host for sports competitions.
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Taiwan will face the Netherlands, Cuba, Italy and Panama in Pool A, vying for two places in the quarter-finals, which will be held in Japan.
Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), Asian Baseball Federation (BFA) President Jeffrey Koo Jr (辜仲諒), CTBC Bank President Morris Li (利明?) and Chairman of the World Baseball Classic, Jim Small, attended a press conference in Taichung City on Thursday. Room to launch the event.
Koo revealed the draw and said it was great to host the event.
Good weather and a high-quality stadium make Taichung an excellent city for team competition, he said.
The BFA is the biggest supporter of the Taiwan team, which has always aspired to become the world No.1, he said.
“Baseball has become like a business card that introduces Taiwan to the world,” Li said.
Taiwan hosted the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup and the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup this year, and the World Baseball Classic should once again put Taiwan on the world stage, he said.
CTBC invites baseball fans to cheer on Taiwan at the stadium and prioritizes ticket purchases for its cardholders.
CTBC credit and debit card holders can purchase one of 500 ticket packages from next week’s Wednesday through Friday through the tixCraft ticketing website.
From Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, cardholders can purchase tickets for all four matches Taiwan is scheduled to play, with 5,000 tickets available for each match.
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