Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will be at Great American Ball Park today to announce the 2015 All-Star Game will game will be held in Cincinnati, according to the Associated Press.
Selig will be in town to present a contribution from MLB toward the development of an Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati, which will be the seventh in the country and first in the Midwest. He will join Reds CEO Bob Castellini for a 2:30 p.m. press conference, at which time he also will make the All-Star Game announcement.
The announcement has not been confirmed by the Reds or MLB.
It will be the first All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003, and the first in Cincinnati since 1988, when the American League beat the National League 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium.
But the All-Star Game and everything surrounding it – the Home Run Derby, the Futures Game, FanFest, the Parade of All-Stars, etc. – have grown into much bigger events in the 25 years since its last visit to Cincinnati.
Kansas City reported an economic gain of more than $60 million after holding the 2012 game at Kauffman Stadium, not to mention all the free advertising and publicity for the city.
Since 2008 when the New York Yankees hosted the game to coincide with the final season of old Yankee Stadium, MLB has awarded the Midsummer Classic to cities with new or recently refurbished stadiums. The 2013 game will be held at Citi Field in New York, which opened in 2009. And Minnesota's Target Field, which opened in 2010, will be the site in 2014.
Cincinnati to host 2015 All-Star Game
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