Coors Field in Denver, Colorado has been chosen to host this year’s MLB All-Star Game after the league decided to pull the game from Atlanta.
Colorado's Coors Field is expected to be the site of the 2021 All-Star Game.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 6, 2021
MLB ultimately decided to move the All-Star Game originally scheduled in Atlanta after Georgia passed stricter voting laws last month.
Breaking: MLB is moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the league announced.
"Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. pic.twitter.com/Cm14QDnCuo
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This will be the second time Denver is hosting the All-Star Game, the last time being 1998. The home run friendly park should make for a fun game and an even more exciting derby.
The decision by MLB may seem strange but this isn’t the first time a large sports corporation has decided to use its influence to make a political statement. In 2017 NBA did something similar when they pulled the All-Star Game from North Carolina, a state that passed laws to limit protections for the LGBT community. The NFL actually started the trend in 1993 after moving the Super Bowl from Arizona after the state voted to not make MLK day a holiday.
The Atlanta Braves were noticeably disappointed by The decision made by MLB. The loss of the game means the loss of millions of dollars of revenue from the city. The Braves quickly released a statement:
“This was neither our decision, nor our recommendation and we are saddened that fans will not be able to see this event in our city,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, businesses, employees, and fans in Georgia are victims of this decision.”
and removed the All-Star patches from their jersey after the official announcement was made.
The MLB draft is also being moved from Atlanta although there is no news as to where the new location will be.