DENVER (CBS4) – The MLB All-Star game will take place at Coors Field this summer, the Colorado Rockies confirmed on Tuesday. The game will take place on Tuesday, July 13th – and it is expected to be at full capacity.
The game was originally intended to be played in Atlanta, but last week Major League Baseball announced it would be moving the game out of Georgia after the state changed its electoral laws.
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“Major League Baseball is grateful to the Rockies, the city of Denver, and the state of Colorado for supporting this summer’s All-Star Game. We value their flexibility and enthusiasm to deliver a first class event for our game and the region. We look forward to celebrating the best players in our sport and entertaining fans around the world, ”said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. in a statement.
Colorado is the perfect home for the all-star game, and we look forward to welcoming the best of baseball to Coors Field this summer! pic.twitter.com/v7wCIlCaih
– Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) April 6, 2021
MLB officials said they chose the Rockies because they were already in the process of applying for a future All-Star game.
“The Rockies had come up with a detailed hotel, event space, and security plan that took months to assemble, and the MLB staff had already made several on-site visits to Denver. In addition, Governor Jared Polis and Mayor Michael Hancock have pledged to provide the facilities and services necessary to support this year’s celebrations, ”officials said.
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Governor Jared Polis said it was great news for baseball fans – and Colorado’s economy.
“Get ready for a truly epic home run derby one mile above sea level. It’s going to be a lot of fun, ”said Governor Polis.
According to Polis, officials appreciate the all-star game. The All-Star Game Celebration will result in sales of approximately $ 190 million in Colorado this year.
“This is incredibly good news for our small businesses, restaurants or hotels and our employees who have suffered from this pandemic,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday.
Both Hancock and Polis expect Coors Field to be at full capacity.
“The state is moving away from our voting system on April 16 as a mandatory policy. I think everyone expects a full, sold-out stadium in July,” said Polis.
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The last time Coors Field hosted the All-Star Game was in 1998.