Target Field to Host All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS — After a nearly 30-year wait, Minnesota will once again host Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in 2014.

MLB announced on Wednesday that the Twins will the host the Midsummer Classic on July 15, 2014, at Target Field. Commissioner Bud Selig, along with Twins owner Jim Pohlad and Twins president Dave St. Peter, made the announcement.

It’s the third time the iconic event will be held in Minnesota, as the Twins hosted the 1965 All-Star Game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn., and the ’85 Midsummer Classic at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

But it’s the first time the All-Star Game will be at Target Field, which opened in 2010 after the club spent the previous 28 years indoors at the Metrodome.

“Given everything and what’s happened here with the ballpark and everything else, it was really pretty easy,” Selig said of his decision. “I just don’t like to do this too soon but I’ve known for a long time where the 2014 All-Star Game was going. And it’s coming here because it’s the right thing to do. This is the right place to be.”

The Twins will get the chance to host the game and all the festivities that come with it after the Mets host the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

The effort to bring outdoor baseball back to the Twin Cities began in the 1990s, when the late Carl Pohlad, the club’s former owner, argued that his team needed a new ballpark to be competitive.

“This Midsummer Classic will be a celebration of Carl’s legacy,” Selig said. “[Minnesota has] become one of our game’s model franchises.”

The Twins were even discussed as a potential option for contraction in 2001, underscoring the need for a new stadium, but the dream of an outdoor baseball stadium became a reality when then-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the stadium bill on May 26, 2006.

Ground was broken on the $545 million stadium on Aug. 20, 2007, and Target Field hosted its first Major League game on April 12, 2010, with 38,145 fans on hand to see the Twins beat the Red Sox, 5-2.

Target Field, which seats 39,504, has received plenty of fanfare since its opening, as it’s considered one of the crown jewels in baseball. ESPN the Magazine ranked it the best stadium experience in North America in 2010.

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