Baseball World Championship 2009, Regensburg
For the first time in baseball history a World Championship was assigned not just to a single country but to a continent as a whole. More than 14 cities in seven European countries will be the venue for the Baseball World Cup from September 9 to 27, 2009. Along with Barcelona, Zagreb, Prague and Stockholm, Regensburg will host one of the five preliminary round tournaments with four participating teams each. Eight teams will advance to the finals in Rome to determine the 2009 World Champion.
Among the competitors enthralling baseball fans in Regensburg will be the teams from China and the defending champion, the United States. NUSSLI was awarded the assignment of adding grandstands to the baseball arena for compliance with World Championship standards. A 14-strong crew extended the existing capacity of 1,000 to accommodate altogether 11,000 spectators who will now experience a true baseball arena feeling. In order that the superstructures are in place within eleven days, NUSSLI fitters are at lofty heights even first thing on Sunday mornings to push ahead with the tight schedule for the grandstand construction at the Armin Wolf Arena. The viewer is presented with the sight of a huge metal structure extending along the third base line to the bullpen. Grandstand 5 alone, situated at the base line, will accommodate almost 4,000 spectators for the preliminary Baseball World Championship round in Regensburg and is already almost sold out for the USA vs. Germany game. Special challenges posed during the eight-month planning phase were the confined space conditions and the superstructure required for the existing stadium building.