San Francisco will host the semifinals and final of the third-ever World Baseball Classic next spring, tournament officials announced Wednesday.

AT&T Park, the city’s waterfront stadium and home of the San Francisco Giants, will play host to the last games of the international tournament being held in March 2013.

“We believe that AT&T Park will be the perfect venue to showcase the best baseball players in the world as they represent their countries and compete in this one-of-a-kind tournament,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said in a statement.

Japan won both of the previous World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009. The 2013 version of the tournament will include 28 teams and begins with qualifying games for certain squads starting this September.

San Francisco is the third California city to host the semis and final of the tournament–San Diego and Los Angeles were hosts in 2006 and 2009.

Specific game dates and information about ticket availability will be released in the coming weeks on the tournament’s website,

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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