Houston Announced As Host Site for 2026 World Baseball Classic

Get ready, Houston! The 2026 World Baseball Classic is coming to town, and for the first time ever, Minute Maid Park will be buzzing with international baseball action.

On Thursday, Major League Baseball and WBC officials revealed the exciting news. Houston will not only host group stage games but also a thrilling quarterfinal at the home of the MLB Astros.

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane expressed the city’s enthusiasm: “We are excited and honored to be hosting World Baseball Classic matchups for the first time. Houston is a global city with the best baseball fans, and we are proud to welcome fans from across the globe to watch international competition at Minute Maid Park.”

Houston joins a prestigious list of host cities including Miami, San Juan, and Tokyo. With 20 teams competing, the stage is set for an unforgettable tournament in March 2026, marking the sixth edition of the WBC.

Stay tuned for ticketing information, which will be announced soon.

This isn’t Houston’s first rodeo when it comes to major sporting events. Over the past year, the city has welcomed the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the College Football Playoff National Championship, and is gearing up for Copa America soccer matches this summer. Plus, Houston is also on the roster for FIFA World Cup matches in 2026.

Get ready to experience the thrill of the World Baseball Classic right here in Houston, where the world comes to play!