MLB ends Miami’s All-Star Game wait

Miami has secured the rights to host Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2017 All-Star Game.

The game, where the winners of the clash between the National League and American League will determine home-field advantage for that year’s World Series, will take place at Marlins Park, home of Miami Marlins, on July 11, 2017.

Miami ends a long wait for the All-Star Game, having been awarded the rights in 2000, only for MLB to reverse the decision and send the game to Atlanta.

Marlins Park opened in 2012 and was widely tipped to secure the All-Star Game for 2015 before the Cincinnati Reds won favour from the league. The 2016 All-Star Game will be played in San Diego at Petco Park, home of the Padres. This means a National League team will host the contest for three consecutive seasons.

“Today's announcement is a landmark moment for our ballclub and one that comes on the heels of many exciting moves we've made this season,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said at a press conference. “The future is bright for Miami and its baseball fans.”

Marlins team president David Samson anticipated the combination of the full roster of All-Star Game events, including the Futures Game, the Home Run Derby and an MLB FanFest on Miami Beach, will be worth $100m (€88.2m) to the local economy.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said: “Miami has hosted two World Series, and I am pleased that Marlins Park will now welcome the city's first All-Star Game in 2017. The Marlins and the City made a comprehensive bid to hold a memorable All-Star Week during the club's 25th season. As the gateway to Latin America, Miami will be a perfect venue for a global game to celebrate the summer's best sporting event.”