Taipei, Jan. 28 (CNA) A total of 20,000 tickets sold online for greatly anticipated games between the Los Angeles Dodgers of the U.S.
Major League and a local baseball team sold like hotcakes Thursday.
The online sale opened at noon and 5,000 tickets for a March 13 Taipei game had sold out by around 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, 15,000 tickets for a game in Kaohsiung the following day had sold out by around 6 p.m. Due to the number of buyers online at the same time, the ticketing system went down for two hours at one point.
The Dodgers will be suiting up in Taiwan to play two exhibition games against an all-star team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
On Sunday, 1,000 tickets available on the spot in Taipei and 3,000 on-the-spot tickets available in Kaohsiung also sold out very quickly.
This will be the Dodgers' second trip to Taiwan, and the third time since 2008 that a big league team has traveled to Asia.
In 1993, the Dodgers became the first Major League team to play in Taiwan when they competed against a CPBL all-star team. In March 2008, the Dodgers and the Padres played two spring training games in Beijing, the first Major League games ever played in China.
The Dodgers' influence in Taiwan is unparalleled in the major league. In 1996, they formed a working agreement with the Sinon Bulls of the CPBL, and the Bulls eventually became the first team from Taiwan to train in Latin America when they visited the Dodgers' facility in the Dominican Republic in 1997. They returned again in 1998, 1999 and 2003.
The Dodgers then became the first Major League club to sign a Taiwanese high school player when they drafted left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo in 2000.
Of the six Taiwanese players to appear in the Major League, four have played for the Dodgers -- Kuo, Chin-Feng Chen, Chin-Lung Hu and Chin-hui Tsao.
(By Hsiao Pao-hsian and Lilian Wu)