5 Stadiums Standing In The Way Of Philadelphia Hosting A MLB All-Star Game
5 stadiums standing in the way of Philadelphia hosting an all-star game
Millions across the United States watched as the New York Mets hosted the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, and fans of the Philadelphia Phillies have to be wondering just what is standing in the way of the Midsummer Classic finally coming to Philadelphia.
After all, the game has never been hosted at one of baseball’s best venues, Citizens Bank Park, while New York’s Citi Field was built afterwards. The venues for the 2014 land 2015 locations have already been awarded, leaving just remaining six stadiums, including Citizens Bank Park, that have yet to host the All-Star festivities, including the Home Run Derby. Minnesota's Target Field will be the 2014 host, with Cincinnati winning hosting duties the 2015 game.
Since the Great American Ball Park and Target Field are already off the table, baseball’s next decision is to decide the host of the 2016 edition of the Midsummer Classic, and that leaves the competition for Philadelphia down to just a handful, as only five stadiums are standing in the way. Baseball likes to showcase new stadiums at their marquee summer event, so Citizens Bank Park will eventually get its shot, even if fans have to wait just a little while longer. Nearby Baltimore hosted the 1993 All-Star game shortly after Camden Yards opened. The Texas Rangers hosted the game at their new stadium in 1995. Since 1991, just three All-Star games have been played in stadiums constructed before 1991 (Royals, Yankees, Angels).
If Philadelphia doesn't get the 2016 game, it will likely go to one of these competitors:
Tropicana Field, Tampa
Tropicana Field in Tampa can offer perfect weather in an indoor environment, something Philadelphia cannot.
Marlins Park, Miami
It's hard to believe Miami would get the All-Star nod over Philadelphia, but the lure of nightlife goes a long way.
Yankee Stadium, New York
Yankee Stadium combines an iconic name with modern comforts and might get picked over Philadelphia.
Petco Park, San Diego
Petco Park is home to great weather and a large military contingent, so baseball might be making a patriotic statement in going there.
Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
The nation's capital has not had a competitive team until recently and the interest in baseball has never been higher there.