Major League Baseball has confirmed that the 2026 All-Star Game will be held in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The announcement was made during a ceremony at Independence Hall on Tuesday. The game will be held at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Approximately 100,000 fans are expected to attend the multi-day event.
“As the birthplace of our country, bringing the MLB All-Star Game back to Philadelphia is the perfect way to celebrate the 250th anniversary of American independence,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “Hosting massive sporting events like baseball’s Midsummer Classic or the 2017 NFL Draft brings even more excitement to the city and generates a huge economic impact for workers and businesses.”
Philadelphia is hoping to lure other marquee sporting events to the city in 2026, such as the NBA and NHL All-Star Games and Fifa World Cup matches.
According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, Phillies managing partner John Middleton first made the approach to host the All-Star Game in 2026 a number of years ago. Sites for the All-Star Games in 2021-25 have not been announced.