The Caribbean Series 2021 in Mazatlan, January 31-February 6
After weeks of uncertainty, the CBPC, the Mexican Pacific League and the City Council confirmed the celebration of the Caribbean Series in Mazatlan 2021, which will be held from January 31st to February 6th.
After a couple of months of uncertainty due to the withdrawal of the concession of the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium to the Venados de Mazatlan, the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball (CBPC), in conjunction with the Mexican Pacific League (LMP) and the local City Hall, confirmed that Mazatlan will host the Caribbean Series 2021.
"Since we received the Teodoro Mariscal Stadium, we have taken great care of it, we have given it maintenance and we never changed the line of telling you 'here is the stadium', Caribbean Confederation, 'here is the stadium', Mexican Pacific League, Pacific Coast Shows; because we cannot sacrifice this great show that is going to be applauded by many people, and we are going to enjoy it here in Mazatlan. That's why I tell you that it is a great pleasure to announce that we are going to have in Mazatlan Caribbean Series of baseball, and that really fills us with pleasure and happiness," said the mayor of Mazatlan, Luis Guillermo "Chemist" Benitez.
Mazatlan had already been announced as the venue for the event since 2019, and was even presented to the Caribbean Confederation plenary in the last edition of the tournament in Puerto Rico. However, at the beginning of May, the City Council withdrew the concession of the park to the administrator of Venados de Mazatlán, "Espectaculos Costa del Pacífico", a requirement requested by the Caribbean ball office so that there are no inconveniences before, during or after the event.
This situation caused the Caribbean Confederation, owner of the event, to ask Venados de Mazatlan two requirements for the "Pearl of the Pacific" to maintain the venue for the maximum winter event, which were met to reach this announcement:
To have the permissions of the city council in writing.
To have all the facilities and support in writing from the city council.
In the announcement, the Confederation confirmed that the Caribbean Series 2021 will be held on the original dates: January 31 to February 6. Tickets are already on sale.
The new Teodoro Mariscal Stadium, rebuilt at a cost of US$23 million and reopened in October 2018, will host the championship that pits the champion teams of the Caribbean area's winter ball tournaments against each other. The facility has capacity for 16,000 fans.
Since joining the CBPC, Mexico has hosted the Caribbean Series on 15 previous occasions, including five times in Mazatlán (1978, 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2005), but "La Perla del Pacífico" was ignored by those responsible for assigning venues until it had a new stadium.
Mazatlán ("City of Deer" in Nahuatl, the old Mexican language) is the second-largest city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
The 2021 Caribbean Series will feature the championship-winning winter leagues of Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. Colombia and Panama will participate as special guests, a condition that Cuba had until last year.
During the current Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, the CBPC said it does not completely rule out that Cuba, which was absent this year for unspecified reasons, may return in the future to the tournament it helped create 71 years ago.