For the first time since 1985, the MLB All-Star Game will be held in Minnesota, as Major League Baseball is set to announce on Wednesday that the 2014 All-Star Game will be held at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis.
Twins CEO Jim Pohlad was tight lipped about the announcement but was quoted as saying the All-Star game will mean a lot to the city of Minneapolis and to the Minnesota Twins community.
“It’s more about what it means to the city and the state,” Pohlad said. “We’re a part of this community. We’re excited to bring the All-Star Game here, so we can show everyone this ballpark.”
It’s the third time since 1985 that Minnesota will play host to an All-Star Game. In 1994, the newly built Target Center hosted the NBA All-Star Game, while the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul hosted the 2004 NHL All-Star Game. Minneapolis also played host to the 1992 Super Bowl, the highest scale event the city and it’s sports venues had ever been a part of.
The Twins began their bid to host an All-Star game in 2008, one year before Target Field opened.
Target Field was in the running alongside Wrigley Field in Chicago to host the 2014 All-Star Game, but Major League Baseball decided to award the second newest stadium in the sport as the host. By the time the All-Star Game is hosted at Target Field, the stadium which was voted the best in baseball will be in it’s fifth year of existence.
Despite the fact that the Twins have performed poorly, there will be no doubt that even if their record doesn’t improve in 2014, Minnesota and Target Field will be the center of the baseball universe for at least three days in July.