There will be a lot of firsts to happen in the sports this year. The MLB will host an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team in Havana for the first time since 1999 and will then host a game on military base, Fort Bragg.
According to reports, Fort Bragg will host the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins on July 3. This will be the first regular-season game of any professional sport ever hosted on a military base.
The game will take place at the North Carolina base on the eve of Independence Day. The two teams will play at the new baseball stadium, which has a 12,500 seating capacity.
“Major League Baseball’s boundless gratitude to our military has led us to a unique event that will benefit the men and women of Fort Bragg and their families for many years,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a release. “I thank the Braves and the Marlins for their participation and all of our clubs and players for contributing to this gesture, which will stand as a fitting new chapter in the national pastime’s proud and distinguished military history.”
The game will broadcast live on ESPN on July 3 at 8 p.m. as part of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
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