Israel breaks ground on landmark new baseball centre in Bet Shemesh as sport continues globalisation
Ground has broken on the construction of a new multi-venue baseball centre 30 kilometres (19 mi.) west of Jerusalem in Bet Shemesh, as the bat-and-ball team sport — played in over 140 countries — continues to see global expansion.
Israel’s new playing and training baseball hub, which will be completed later this year, will include one regulation field and two youth fields, batting cages, lights, dugouts and spectator seating.
Leaders from the Israel Association of Baseball (IAB), the city of Bet Shemesh, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and the Bet Shemesh Baseball Club led the ground-breaking ceremony. Israel Men’s National Team athletes, including Major League Baseball players, who are touring the nation, also participated in the ceremony.