Baseball United, the first professional baseball league focused on the Middle East and Indian subcontinent, has unveiled new dates and a different approach for its inaugural Dubai showcase event.
The special event will now feature two Baseball United All-Star teams partaking in a two-game series on November 24-25 at Dubai International Stadium, marking the start of the inaugural season. The series will also coincide with Thanksgiving weekend in the US, which Baseball United has adopted as its theme for the two-match series.
“Unity is not only built into our name at Baseball United, it’s ingrained in our DNA,” said Kash Shaikh, chief executive, chairman and majority owner of Baseball United.
“Since we began this journey, every person in our organisation has been passionate about bringing people together through the game we all love. Instead of focusing on the sports rivalries that will excite our fans in the future, we wanted to hero the unity that has ignited our league since its inception.
“And what better way to do that than spending Thanksgiving weekend here in the UAE, watching our league’s best stars from a dozen different countries all playing with the words ‘United’ across their chests.”
The series will also be preceded by a week of community events.
Tickets went on sale today (Thursday) with early-bird pricing in place for the first week. Prices start at 49 AED (£11/€13/$13) for outfield boxes and 199 AED for luxury diamond club seats behind Homeplate.
The two teams to feature in the showcase event will be called the Baseball United East All-Stars and the Baseball United West All-Stars. Of the total 44 professional players on each side, 75% will have Major League Baseball (MLB) experience.
Baseball United’s first Draft will be held virtually on October 23, with the All-Star rosters to be announced on October 25.