Major League Baseball’s Mid-Summer Classic is headed back to San Diego when the city hosts the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, outgoing commissioner Bud Selig announced this week.
Selig had previously awarded All-Star games in even years to American League franchises, but for whatever reason he decided to switch it up in his last year on the job.
This will mark the third time the city has hosted the event, but the first time Petco Park gets the attention of the sports nation to itself.
“We’re thrilled, thrilled for ourselves but most importantly thrilled for the fans here. It’s something we’ve heard constantly from our fans. When Ron (Fowler) and Peter (Seidler) and the ownership group took over the team in 2012, it was ‘hey, let’s get an All-Star Game.’ That was part of the promise of Petco Park. It’s the end of a long process, but when you come out with a positive outcome you’re thrilled.”
This year’s game will be in Cincinnati, meaning one league will host the All-Star game in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2006-2007. This year’s game is set to have an estimated $60 million economic impact on Cincinnati.
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