World governing body of baseball visits Thunder Bay for WBSC U-18 World Cup


July 20, 2017/Thunder Bay— The world governing body of baseball will begin a three-day site inspection today in Thunder Bay for the upcoming WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017, which will be staged from 1-10 September.

This visit to Thunder Bay from the World Baseball Softball Confederation is part of a standard pre-world
cup inspection that will cover a range of key items that come with delivering a major youth sports world championship, such as broadcast preparations/distribution, stadium branding, international standard fields-of- play, accommodation, meals, transportation and other important logistics.

“This site-inspection is something we, as the world governing body, do for each Baseball World Cup to ensure uniformity and international standards no matter in which country the event is held,” said WBSC Executive Director Michael Schmidt, who is leading the visit. “We have been in close contact with the Thunder Bay 2017 organizers from the outset, and I am confident the U-18 Baseball World Cup will be an international spectacle that brings great exposure to our sport and also to the Ontario region here.”

Schmidt is joined by WBSC marketing partners, who are visiting the facilities and meeting with organizers to finalize technical, space and timing requirements. Members of the Board as well as Chairs of Committees and Team Leads are available for dialogue with visitors to ensure all questions are being addressed.

Warren Philp, Executive Director of the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association (TBIBA), the Local Organizing Committee on behalf of Baseball Canada, noted: “We anticipate that our visitors will be impressed at the level of detail we have prepared and are going to show. We only have approximately 40 days left until the first game and our volunteers have been working extremely hard for September 1st. It is going to be a great event.”

Volunteers are still required with registrations coming in daily. Interested persons are asked to visit the website for information.

Tickets are also available online and organizers note that popular games are being targeted early.
“We would suggest that if you have specific games you wish to see, you purchase tickets soon,” said Philp. Tickets for the U-18 World Cup are available online at
The Canadian U-18 National Baseball Team will take on Chinese Taipei on opening day.

For further information contact:

Martina Benvegnu, Event Coordinator at (807) 475-6519 or