Photo Courtesy of Rob Weiner

The final qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic is now just days two away from finally happening.

Fans have received their tickets in the mail, the team store is stocked with special merchandise, flags are being prepared and special signage is being hung at MCU Park.

There has not been that much game-day info put out about the games, so I found out some info for the fans about what to expect when going to MCU Park this weekend.


For each game, the gates of MCU Park will open 90 minutes before the scheduled start time.

For the 12:00 PM games on Thursday & Friday, the gates will open around 10:30 AM. For the 7:00 PM games on Thursday & Friday, the gates will open at 5:30 PM.

For Saturday’s 8:00 PM game, the gates are schedule to open at 6:30 PM.

Sunday’s 6:00 PM Finale will have the gates open at 4:30 PM.


Even though the Cyclones put up a posting about the security rules, the normal rules of MCU Park will be in effect. That means no outside food, drinks and items that are not normally allowed in.

There will be metal detectors being used for the event, so entering the ballpark might take longer than normal.

There will be just one line to get in, as the team is not giving early entry or a separate line for those with Cyclones Season Ticket Holder cards.


Most fixed Aramark concession stands will be open for the tournament. Some portable stands will not be open.

The Kosher Stand will be relocated from behind Section 9 due to the high attendance of Jews expected with Team Israel’s participation. The Kosher Stand will instead operate out of Concession Stand 120, located on the Main Concourse behind Home Plate.

ICEYs from Cool Suppliers will be available as well, to help fans keep cool during the day game.


Flags of the four teams in the qualifier are permitted into MCU Park. Per MCU Park policy, fans may not hang or drape them over the ballpark railings. Fans may not carry the flags through the stands, except in-between innings.

Also, when holding up flags, please be considerate to other fans by not obstructing their view of the game.


As of now, MLB Network only plans to cover the final game of the qualifier. There is nothing currently listed about the other 5 games for TV, Radio or internet streaming. If anything is announced, we will let you know. All games will be streamed


About Daniel S. Weiss

I have been an avid Cyclones fan since 2001. In December of 2013 I decided to launch my own blog "Brooklyn Baseball Banter" to cover the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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