Major League Baseball Announces Citi-Field to Host 2013 All...
Major League Baseball Announces Citi-Field to Host 2013 All-Star Game Kwong Yee Cheng, flickr
The MLB All-Star game is sliding head first into Queens as Citi-Field will host the event in 2013.
This will be the ninth time New York will host the game, and it's projected to bring in almost 192 million dollars to the city. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said the event is a big win for the Big Apple.
"Both the economic impact and sociological impact will be enormous. People will come, and it will celebrate the history and tradition of baseball in New York," he said.
Mayor Bloomberg receieved a New York Mets baseball jersey during the press conference, and he spoke about the positive impact the event will bring to the city.
"More than 176,000 participants reporters, fans, etcetera are expected to flock to our city. The game will also put New York City front and center before a worldwide television and Internet audience," stated the Mayor.
CEO of NYC & Company, George Fertitta, also discussed the tourism boost which will result from the All-Star Game.
"There is no better backdrop for major, large-scale events, than the City of New York. Next year's game will, no doubt, help us achieve our new goal to attract 55 million visitors annually by 2015," he said.
The game is scheduled for July 16, 2013, and New York will also benefit when the Super Bowl comes to New Jersey's Metlife Stadium in 2014.