WBC Chair Looks Forward to 2018
Prince George, B.C. – The quality of baseball was stellar; the weather was fantastic but the fan turnout simply wasn’t there.
That’s how Rick Pattie, chairman of the World Baseball Challenge has assessed this year’s tournament.
So where did all the fans go?
“We tried to get the word out as best we could. We upped our media representation, tried to get more print, more multi-media yet people were still asking ‘World Baseball Challenge?’ It’s very frustrating but you know it’s Prince George and Prince George is a last minute town,” he says.
“We also had lots of competition this weekend and lots last weekend that we didn’t expect.”
But despite the challenges, Pattie says they hope to bring back the tournament in 2018.
“If you had asked me on Tuesday I probably would have said not a snowball’s chance,” he says.
“But we’ve got some things in the works for 2018 already so we’re going to push forward and we’ll re-evaluate here six weeks down the road when we have our annual general meeting.”
He says all of this year’s participants have already asked for an invite back.
“The players are just amazed at the facility for one thing. It’s in excellent shape, kudos to our grounds crew for that. They’ve also been treated very well and want to come back so that’s a good sign when that happens.”