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Paving baseball and putting up a shopping center?
2009-01-05 07:33
by Bob Timmermann

The Wukesong Sports Center, site of the Olympic Baseball Tournament in Beijing this past August, is going to be torn down and the area converted into a shopping center.

“Our preliminary plan is to supply Beijing residents with a leisure centre combined with shopping, culture, sports and entertainment,” Guo Jinjiao, deputy manager of the development company, told the paper.

The 200 million yuan ($29 million) stadium played host to a Major League Baseball exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres last March.


But apart from the MLB’s rental fee for that game, it had not derived any income, the paper said.

2009-01-05 08:15:13
1.   Bob Hendley
With Druw leaving town, now maybe they can tear down the Tusten blimp hanger as well.
2009-01-05 08:38:39
2.   Bob Timmermann
2009-01-05 10:08:41
3.   old dodger fan
Baseball remains a fringe sport in China, and the six-team professional league set up in 2002 struggles to attract more than a few dozen spectators to regular matches.

I saw a game in the 2004 Chinese World Series. There were a few hundred spectators, mostly foreigners and there was no admission charge. I went with some Chinese friends who were in their 20's and are athletes and they knew absolutely nothing about baseball.

Some of the players, including one of the starting pitchers, were Americans.

2009-01-05 10:49:22
4.   Linkmeister
I like the post title. I recently dug out some of my vinyl and re-listened to it:
2009-01-06 09:25:11
5.   old dodger fan
For anyone still here-

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