(Cincinnati, Oh.) - It’s now official. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is coming to Cincinnati in 2015.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.
“I have every confidence this will be a great event,” Selig said to an applauding crowd at Great American Ball Park.
The 86th MLB All-Star Game will be the first midsummer classic held in Cincinnati since 1988. An exact date for the game has not been announced. The Queen City has hosted a total of five previous all-star games.
The commissioner also recognized Cincinnati’s place in baseball history.
“The history of MLB cannot be told without the story of Cincinnati… This is a really profound way to celebrate our sport's eldest franchise,” he said.
Reds president/CEO and owner Bob Castellini, wearing a smile, thanked Selig and the MLB for awarding the city the event he lobbied for in recent years.
"Baseball could not have selected a more grateful or worthy community," Castellini said.
Also on Wednesday, Selig announced that MLB is putting $1.5 million towards developing the Reds MLB Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati. The facility to be located in Roselawn will educate students in areas related to baseball, including playing, groundskeeping, journalism, and more.
Cincinnati joins Philadelphia as the only other cold weather site for the Urban Youth Academy.