MLB confirms All-Star Game moving to Denver after pulling out of Atlanta

A normal view of the stadium within the third inning throughout a recreation between the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 4, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.

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Major League Baseball will maintain its 2021 All-Star Game at Coors Field in Denver, the league mentioned on Tuesday.

MLB introduced the venue change simply days after pulling the game out of Atlanta due to a controversial voting regulation handed by state officers in Georgia. MLB opposed the regulation, which critics recommend is geared toward suppressing votes amongst individuals of colour in underserved areas.

MLB chosen Denver as a result of officers within the metropolis had beforehand introduced a plan to host the sport at a future date. The final time Denver hosted baseball’s midsummer traditional was in 1998. According to Baseball Almanac, that occasion generated over $40 million for the world.

The recreation is scheduled for July 13.

“Major League Baseball is grateful to the Rockies, the City of Denver and the State of Colorado for their support of this summer’s All-Star Game,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred mentioned in a press release. “We appreciate their flexibility and enthusiasm to deliver a first-class event for our game and the region. We look forward to celebrating our sport’s best players and entertaining fans around the world.”

MLB has confronted backlash from politicians for moving the sport and in addition confronted opposition from the Braves, which is owned by Liberty Media Corp. An official from Cobb Travel and Tourism in Georgia told NCS the state may endure an financial loss of over $100 million due to the relocation.

“The 8,000-plus MLB contracted hotel room nights that will not actualize as a result of the MLB All-Star Game relocation will have a negative impact on Cobb’s hospitality industry and other local businesses, further delaying recovery,” mentioned Holly Quinlan, the CEO of the agency, in accordance to the community.

The 2019 All-Star contest was estimated to have generated greater than $60 million for Cleveland, and the 2020 occasion, which was canceled due to the Covid pandemic, had been projected to usher in roughly $89 million for Los Angeles. Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles will host the 2022 All-Star Game as a substitute.

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