With a high-five to Mr. Met, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the New York Mets will host the 2013 All-Star game at Citi Field – the first time the Amazin’s will be home to the Midsummer Classic since 1964 when the game was played at Shea Stadium.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig along with Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement Wednesday at City Hall joined by Met owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon.
“We have intense competition for All-Star games,” Selig said. “But what I try to do is alternate leagues and years, after all the All-Star game means homefield advantage,” for the World Series. This year’s All-Star game will be played in Kansas City at an American League ballpark.
The announcement marks a record setting ninth time the game will be played in New York.
“It will be the first time in 25 years that two All-Star games will be played in such rapid succession in the same media market,” Bloomberg said, referencing the 2008 All-Star game played at Yankee stadium, which ran for 15 innings.
The mayor took the opportunity to tally the stats the city expects from the home field advantage including a $191.5 million impact on the region, attracting 176,000 participants — fans and media — along with some 30 million viewers.
The game will be played on July 16, 2013 and will include a five day series of events starting Friday and running through Tuesday.
Other major sporting events coming to the New York region in the next 20 months is Formula 1 Racing, Wrestlemania and the 2014 Super Bowl.
Recalling the National Leagues' storied past in New York City from Ebbets Field Polo Grounds to today, Selig said a myriad of factors go into selecting the site of the game. He added that the Mets had time on their side.
"It's been a long time now, 48 years, since they've had an All-Star game and it was their time in a new ballpark," Selig said.
Because the league that wins the All-Star game gets home-field advantage for the World Series, approval of the players' association may be required for the NL to host in consecutive years.
With the Associated Press