MLB virtual ballpark to hold fans spellbound


MLB new virtual ballpark Image: MLB

The Major League Baseball (MLB) is launching a new virtual ballpark to bring fans immersive digital experiences.

‘MLB’ stated that it will be the first of its kind for a professional sports league. The virtual ballpark will debut on July 8th and open to fans for the first time with a special online watch party for the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. That’s the first of multiple events planned for the virtual ballpark in 2023.

New York (US)-based Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization. One of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, the MLB comprises 30 teams, divided equally between the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), with 29 in the United States and 1 in Canada.

The MGM Rewards All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game is an annual game that brings former Major League Baseball (MLB) all-stars and celebrities together in a friendly exhibition.

Fans can access the MLB virtual ballpark at

MLB new virtual ballparkImage: MLB

‘MLB’ further stated that the virtual ballpark will be an online space where baseball fans from all over the world can connect and experience live events. It’s designed like a real baseball stadium in an effort to bring the actual MLB ballpark experience to the virtual world.

Fans will be able to create an avatar, customizable with their favorite MLB team’s jersey, to enter the virtual ballpark, participate in the live-event experience, explore the ballpark, and interact with the other users around them.

Said Kenny Gersh, MLB Executive Vice-President of Media and Business Development, “We’re creating this digital, virtual stadium where the MLB fans across the globe have the ability to experience an event together. What’s really cool about this technology is, this is really bringing people together, and it feels like you’re there. It’s really a unique way of simulating that in-ballpark experience to a global audience that really hasn’t been possible before.”

For the inaugural event, the Celebrity Softball Game during the All-Star Week, the virtual ballpark will feature a livestream of the game on the virtual ballpark’s videoboard and include exclusive celebrity interviews that can’t be seen anywhere else.

MLB new virtual ballparkImage: MLB

All of the fans who attend the Celebrity Softball event at the virtual ballpark will also receive a commemorative digital ticket created by Candy Digital. Candy partners with MLB to create unique digital collectibles, which have included commemorative tickets for events like the 2022 World Series, postseason games and the Field of Dreams game.

New York (US)-based Candy is a new digital asset content company building an innovative non-fungible token (NFT) ecosystem that will change how fans and collectors engage with their favorite sports, music, art, and cultural icons. It has a cutting-edge design team leading a creative studio that collaborates with athletes, artists and content owners to bring new NFT projects to life. In addition, its unique virtual storefront will provide fans and collectors the opportunity to explore and purchase officially licensed digital collectibles and trade them on a secure secondary marketplace.

The 2022 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2022 season. The 118th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League (AL) champion Houston Astros and the National League (NL) champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Astros defeated the Phillies in six games to earn their second championship.

The MLB at Field of Dreams is a recurring Major League Baseball regular-season game played in a ballpark adjacent to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa, a site popularized by the 1989 baseball film ‘Field of Dreams’.

Added Gersh, “My hope is that in 20 years, people look back and say, ‘Oh, remember when MLB did that Celebrity Softball Game in this environment? Now look where we are, where it feels like we’re sitting in Yankee Stadium. And hey, I was there. Here’s my ticket. I think that’s sort of cool.’”

Fans participating in the July 8th virtual ballpark launch event will also be able to play mini-games tied to realtime events happening at the 47,943-capacity T-Mobile Park in Seattle, where the Celebrity Softball Game is taking place, as well as participate in a Sorare card scavenger hunt and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win tickets to the 2023 World Series.

Sorare operates on the Ethereum blockchain network, and each player card is represented as a NFT.

By going to ahead of the event, fans will be able to register for the MLB virtual ballpark and learn more about the experience.

The Celebrity Softball watch party is only the beginning of what the virtual ballpark can bring to the baseball fans. The MLB hopes the virtual ballpark will continue to evolve in the future, with more events, new features and potentially integration with more platforms.

Continued Gersh, “As we continue to enhance and prioritize the MLB fan experience through innovative technologies, this new virtual ballpark will become a great testing ground for the league and our fans worldwide.”

The MLB virtual ballpark was developed in collaboration with the London (UK)-based technology firm Improbable, which develops virtual spaces to connect brands and consumers in the digital landscape. Improbable’s platform enables realtime social interactions between the users of the virtual space.

For the MLB virtual ballpark, that could mean fans talking to each other, walking through the stadium together, meeting in the concourse, the crowd cheering during a game, and more.

Concluded Gersh, “In working closely with Improbable, we’ve taken what baseball fans know and love about their unique ballpark experiences and connected it to an accessible virtual world. Not everyone has the opportunity to attend Major League games or enjoy a Major League ballpark experience, but now we can provide this opportunity to anyone with an Internet connection, no matter where they are.”

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