Norwood Oval will this weekend host the Australian Baseball League Championship Series, which will see the winner awarded the iconic Claxton Shield.
Minor premiers Adelaide Bite will take on Perth Heat in a best of three series from 6-8 February. The first match starts at 7.00pm on Friday, 6 February and the second match continues at the same time the following evening.
If needed the final match will be played on Sunday, 8 February.
Acting Tourism Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the Championship Series promises to be an exciting play-off after the Bite became only the second franchise in modern ABL history to win 30 matches over the course of a season.
“It is fantastic to see top level baseball being played in Adelaide,” Mr Koutsantonis said.
“South Australia has a rich baseball heritage having won the first three titles back in the 1930s and has since added another twelve titles to the trophy cabinet.
“The last time we won was 1980 and we are looking to win again in 2015.”
A number of former major league players including Luke Hughes, Virgil Vasquez and Mike McClendon will take part in the series along with the Bite’s, Ben Lodge who was 2012-13 Rookie of the Year.
The Adelaide Bite’s home ground, historic Norwood Oval, is a family friendly venue with a wide variety of seating and food options to satisfy the large crowd expected to attend over the weekend.
Mr Koutsantonis said it is an exciting time in Adelaide with events such as the Australia versus India ICC Cricket World Cup warm up match, Carnevale 2015, All British Day and Love Langhorne Creek also running this weekend.
“Visitors will have the opportunity to experience all that South Australia has to offer,” he said.
The 2015 ABLCS will be carried live on ESPN Australia/NZ and worldwide on MLB Network and Fox Sports Asia. To purchase tickets, visit www.AdelaideBite.com.au or call the Bite office at (08) 8431 0441.