In March 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks made their way to Sydney to play in the historic MLB Opening Series at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). This event marked the first time a regular season MLB game had been played in the Southern Hemisphere.
MSI overcame a mountain of hurdles to ensure the successful delivery of the event, namely the transformation of Australia’s spiritual home of cricket, the SCG, into an MLB certified world- class baseball facility.
Meticulous planning went into ensuring every element of America’s National pastime was implemented at each game, including American themed menus, event specific merchandise, pre-game entertainment and unique sponsor activations.
The Event received worldwide recognition, claiming awards at the 2014 Australian Event Awards and the 2015 Stadium Business Awards. MSI was awarded Best New Event 2014, Best Sporting Event 2014 and the most prestigious of the overall program, Australian Event of the Year 2014. In addition to this, the Major League Baseball Opening Series 2014 was awarded Sports Event of the Year at the 2015 Stadium Business Awards held in Barcelona. The Stadium Business Awards recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.