List of Major League Baseball All-Star Game venues

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The first All-Star Game was held as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, at Comiskey Park and was the brainchild of Arch Ward, then sports editor for the Chicago Tribune.[1] Initially intended to be a one-time event, its great success resulted in making the game an annual one. Ward's contribution was recognized by Major League Baseball in 1962 with the creation of the "Arch Ward Trophy," given to the All-Star Game's most valuable player each year.

Venue selection[edit]

The venue for each All-Star Game is chosen by an MLB selection committee. This choice may be made to commemorate a particular historical occasion, the opening of a new ballpark, or a significant milestone. The criteria for choosing the venue are subjective; for the most part, cities with new parks and cities who have not hosted the game in a long time – or ever – tend to be favored. This time-sensitive subjectivity has resulted in some quirks in distributing the venues among the major league franchises; from 1964 to 2015, five teams have hosted 3 times, 13 teams twice, ten teams once, and two teams not at all:

As of 2015, two Major League Baseball franchises have never hosted an All-Star Game: the Tampa Bay Rays and the Miami Marlins, who are now scheduled to host in 2017 following the 2012 opening of Marlins Park. (Although Miami was initially scheduled to host in 2000, MLB eventually moved the game to Atlanta.) Although the Washington Nationals franchise haven't yet hosted the game in their current home ballpark, they did host one when they were the Montreal Expos; and All-Star games have been played in D.C., hosted by two incarnations of the Washington Senators (now known as the Minnesota Twins and as the Texas Rangers).

Of the remaining 27 franchises, the New York Mets had gone the longest period without hosting since their sole hosting duty in 1964, but this streak came to an end at 49 years in 2013. (The Dodgers are now the team with the longest active hosting drought, since 1980.) During that span, 18 of the remaining 25 teams have hosted an All-Star Game at least twice since 1964: Atlanta Braves (1972 and 2000), Chicago White Sox (1983 and 2003), Cincinnati Reds (1970, 1988, and 2015), Cleveland Indians (1981 and 1997), Detroit Tigers (1971 and 2005), Houston Astros (1968, 1986, and 2004), Kansas City Royals (1973 and 2012), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (1967, 1989, and 2010), Milwaukee Brewers (1975 and 2002), Minnesota Twins (1965, 1985, and 2014), New York Yankees (1977 and 2008), Philadelphia Phillies (1976 and 1996), Pittsburgh Pirates (1974, 1994, and 2006), San Diego Padres (1978 and 1992), San Francisco Giants (1984 and 2007), Seattle Mariners (1979 and 2001), St. Louis Cardinals (1966 and 2009), and Washington Senators / Texas Rangers (1969 and 1995). Some of these decisions were due to new ballparks (the Twins have hosted in each of their three home fields, for example), but the nearly-identical symmetrical artificial-turfed parks in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati each got two turns during this span, essentially subjecting viewers (during the even-numbered National League-hosted seasons) to six visits to the same ball park while Shea Stadium remained unused, and iconic venues such as Dodger Stadium and Wrigley Field were only employed once apiece. (The twice-used Houston Astrodome, while similarly AstroTurfed, was at least visually distinct from the other, over-employed "cookie cutter" synthetic-field stadiums.) Ironically enough, both Three Rivers Stadium (1994) and Veterans Stadium (1996) were demolished less than a decade after MLB chose to "spotlight" them with these repeat visits.

New stadiums that have not hosted the All-Star Game in cities that have hosted it previously are: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PETCO Park in San Diego, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., the new Yankee Stadium in New York, and Marlins Park in Miami. However, three such ballparks—all from the National Leauge—have been selected for upcoming All-Star Games: PETCO Park will host in 2016, Marlins Park will host in 2017 and Nationals Park will host in 2018.

Following the game at the first Yankee Stadium in 2008 in its final season, the Bronx's old stadium joined Cleveland's old Cleveland Stadium (also known as Municipal Stadium prior to its own demolition) as the only venues that have hosted four Major League Baseball All-Star games. New York City has hosted it more than any other city, having done so nine times in five different stadiums; after 2017, Tampa Bay will remain the only major-league city since the first All-Star Game in 1933 to never have hosted.

League hosting turns[edit]

The "home team" is the league in which the host franchise plays its games. Although the game's venue traditionally alternates between the two leagues from year to year, this tradition has been broken several times:

  • In 1951, the American League's Detroit Tigers hosted the game as part of the city's 250th birthday, after the A.L. had hosted the prior season. This was corrected by the N.L. hosting the next two years.
  • After the A.L. had hosted in 1958, the two-game format began in 1959, both games hosted by the N.L. The next year, the A.L. hosted twice; the leagues then split hosting duties in 1961: the N.L. the first game, the A.L. the second. In 1962, the A.L. hosted the first game out-of-turn, with the N.L. hosting the second. When the one-game format returned in 1963, the A.L. picked up hosting duties, resulting in that league being a turn ahead. This was not corrected until ...
  • In 2007, when the National League's San Francisco Giants hosted an All-Star Game after the N.L. had hosted the prior year. In addition, this permitted the 2008 game to be held at an American League venue: (the original) Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, to historically mark its final season. (The Yankees moved to a new stadium the following season.)
  • From 2008 to 2015, an American League stadium hosted the All-Star Game in even-numbered years and a National League stadium in odd-numbered years. However, starting in 2016 at the Padres' PETCO Park in San Diego, an NL venue will host for three consecutive years. Accordingly, since the game currently determines home-field advantage in the World Series, the A.L. will nonetheless be designated the home team in 2016 and possibly 2018.[2]

In the first two decades of the game, ballparks in Philadelphia and St. Louis were home to more than one team. This led to some shorter-than-usual gaps between the use of those two ballparks: Shibe Park (later known as Connie Mack Stadium) in Philadelphia and Sportsman's Park (the third ballpark with that name; later known as Busch Stadium, the first of three stadiums with that name) in St. Louis. In Philadelphia, the A.L.'s Athletics hosted the game in 1943, and the NL's Phillies in 1952. In St. Louis, the National League's Cardinals hosted the game in 1940, and the American League's Browns in 1948.

List of hosts[edit]

Date City Stadium Host team Attendance
July 6, 1933 Chicago Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox 47,595
July 10, 1934 New York City Polo Grounds New York Giants 48,368
July 8, 1935 Cleveland Municipal Stadium Cleveland Indians 69,812
July 7, 1936 Boston Braves Field Boston Bees 25,556
July 7, 1937 Washington, D.C. Griffith Stadium Washington Senators 31,391
July 6, 1938 Cincinnati Crosley Field Cincinnati Reds 27,067
July 11, 1939 New York City Yankee Stadium New York Yankees 62,892
July 9, 1940 St. Louis Sportsman's Park St. Louis Cardinals 32,373
July 8, 1941 Detroit Briggs Stadium Detroit Tigers 54,674
July 6, 1942 New York City Polo Grounds New York Giants 34,178
July 13, 1943 Philadelphia Shibe Park Philadelphia Athletics 31,938
July 11, 1944 Pittsburgh Forbes Field Pittsburgh Pirates 29,589
1945 Not held because of World War II
July 9, 1946 Boston Fenway Park Boston Red Sox 34,906
July 8, 1947 Chicago Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs 41,123
July 13, 1948 St. Louis Sportsman's Park St. Louis Browns 34,009
July 12, 1949 New York City Ebbets Field Brooklyn Dodgers 32,577
July 11, 1950 Chicago Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox 46,127
July 10, 1951 Detroit Briggs Stadium Detroit Tigers 52,075
July 8, 1952 Philadelphia Shibe Park Philadelphia Phillies 32,785
July 14, 1953 Cincinnati Crosley Field Cincinnati Reds 30,846
July 13, 1954 Cleveland Municipal Stadium Cleveland Indians 69,751
July 12, 1955 Milwaukee County Stadium Milwaukee Braves 45,643
July 10, 1956 Washington, D.C. Griffith Stadium Washington Senators 28,843
July 9, 1957 St. Louis Busch Stadium St. Louis Cardinals 30,693
July 8, 1958 Baltimore Memorial Stadium Baltimore Orioles 48,829
July 7, 1959 Pittsburgh Forbes Field Pittsburgh Pirates 35,277
August 3, 1959 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Dodgers 55,105
July 11, 1960 Kansas City Municipal Stadium Kansas City Athletics 30,619
July 13, 1960 New York City Yankee Stadium New York Yankees 38,362
July 11, 1961 San Francisco Candlestick Park San Francisco Giants 44,115
July 31, 1961 Boston Fenway Park Boston Red Sox 31,851
July 10, 1962 Washington, D.C. D.C. Stadium Washington Senators 45,480
July 30, 1962 Chicago Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs 38,359
July 9, 1963 Cleveland Municipal Stadium Cleveland Indians 44,160
July 7, 1964 New York City Shea Stadium New York Mets 50,850
July 13, 1965 Minneapolis Metropolitan Stadium Minnesota Twins 46,706
July 12, 1966 St. Louis Busch Memorial Stadium St. Louis Cardinals 49,936
July 11, 1967 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium California Angels 46,309
July 9, 1968 Houston Astrodome Houston Astros 48,321
July 23, 1969 Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium Washington Senators 45,259
July 14, 1970 Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati Reds 51,838
July 13, 1971 Detroit Tiger Stadium Detroit Tigers 53,559
July 25, 1972 Atlanta Atlanta Stadium Atlanta Braves 53,107
July 24, 1973 Kansas City Royals Stadium Kansas City Royals 40,849
July 23, 1974 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium Pittsburgh Pirates 50,706
July 15, 1975 Milwaukee County Stadium Milwaukee Brewers 51,480
July 13, 1976 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium Philadelphia Phillies 63,974
July 19, 1977 New York City Yankee Stadium New York Yankees 56,683
July 11, 1978 San Diego San Diego Stadium San Diego Padres 51,549
July 17, 1979 Seattle Kingdome Seattle Mariners 58,905
July 8, 1980 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Los Angeles Dodgers 56,088
August 9, 1981 Cleveland Cleveland Stadium Cleveland Indians 72,086
July 13, 1982 Montreal Olympic Stadium Montreal Expos 59,057
July 6, 1983 Chicago Comiskey Park Chicago White Sox 43,801
July 10, 1984 San Francisco Candlestick Park San Francisco Giants 57,756
July 16, 1985 Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Minnesota Twins 54,960
July 15, 1986 Houston Astrodome Houston Astros 45,774
July 14, 1987 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Oakland Athletics 49,671
July 12, 1988 Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium Cincinnati Reds 55,837
July 11, 1989 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium California Angels 64,036
July 10, 1990 Chicago Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs 39,071
July 9, 1991 Toronto SkyDome Toronto Blue Jays 52,383
July 14, 1992 San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium San Diego Padres 59,372
July 13, 1993 Baltimore Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore Orioles 48,147
July 12, 1994 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium Pittsburgh Pirates 59,568
July 11, 1995 Arlington The Ballpark in Arlington Texas Rangers 50,920
July 9, 1996 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium Philadelphia Phillies 62,670
July 8, 1997 Cleveland Jacobs Field Cleveland Indians 44,916
July 7, 1998 Denver Coors Field Colorado Rockies 51,267
July 13, 1999 Boston Fenway Park Boston Red Sox 34,187
July 11, 2000 Atlanta Turner Field Atlanta Braves 51,323
July 10, 2001 Seattle Safeco Field Seattle Mariners 47,364
July 9, 2002 Milwaukee Miller Park Milwaukee Brewers 41,871
July 15, 2003 Chicago U.S. Cellular Field Chicago White Sox 47,609
July 13, 2004 Houston Minute Maid Park Houston Astros 41,886
July 12, 2005 Detroit Comerica Park Detroit Tigers 41,617
July 11, 2006 Pittsburgh PNC Park Pittsburgh Pirates 38,904
July 10, 2007 San Francisco AT&T Park San Francisco Giants 43,965
July 15, 2008 New York City Yankee Stadium New York Yankees 55,632
July 14, 2009 St. Louis Busch Stadium St. Louis Cardinals 46,760
July 13, 2010 Anaheim Angel Stadium of Anaheim Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 45,408
July 12, 2011 Phoenix Chase Field Arizona Diamondbacks 49,033
July 10, 2012 Kansas City Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals 40,933
July 16, 2013 New York City Citi Field New York Mets 45,186
July 15, 2014 Minneapolis Target Field Minnesota Twins 41,048
July 14, 2015 Cincinnati Great American Ball Park Cincinnati Reds 43,656
July 12, 2016 San Diego Petco Park San Diego Padres
July 11, 2017 Miami Marlins Park Miami Marlins
July 10, 2018 Washington, D.C. Nationals Park Washington Nationals

Various Statistics[edit]

Times Hosted by City[edit]

City Times Hosted Years
New York City 9 1934, 1939, 1942, 1949, 1960, 1964, 1977, 2008, 2013
Chicago 7 1933, 1947, 1950, 1962, 1983, 1990, 2003
Cleveland 5 1935, 1954, 1963, 1981, 1997
Pittsburgh 5 1944, 1959, 1974, 1994, 2006
St. Louis 5 1940, 1948, 1957, 1966, 2009
Cincinnati 5 1938, 1953, 1970, 1988, 2015
Washington, DC 5 1937, 1956, 1962, 1969, 2018
Boston 4 1936, 1946, 1961, 1999
Detroit 4 1941, 1951, 1971, 2005
Philadelphia 4 1943, 1952, 1976, 1996
Kansas City 3 1960, 1973, 2012
Milwaukee 3 1955, 1975, 2002
San Diego 3 1978, 1992, 2016
San Francisco 3 1961, 1984, 2007
Houston 3 1968, 1986, 2004
Anaheim 3 1967, 1989, 2010
Minneapolis 3 1965, 1985, 2014
Baltimore 2 1958, 1993
Los Angeles 2 1959, 1980
Atlanta 2 1972, 2000
Seattle 2 1979, 2001
Montreal 1 1982
Oakland 1 1987
Toronto 1 1991
Arlington 1 1995
Denver 1 1998
Phoenix 1 2011
Miami 1 2017

Times Hosted by Club[edit]

Club Times Hosted Years
San Francisco Giants 5 1934, 1942, 1961, 1984, 2007
Cleveland Indians 5 1935, 1954, 1963, 1981, 1997
Minnesota Twins 5 1937, 1956, 1965, 1985, 2014
Cincinnati Reds 5 1938, 1953, 1970, 1988, 2015
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 1944, 1959, 1974, 1994, 2006
Chicago White Sox 4 1933, 1950, 1983, 2003
Atlanta Braves 4 1936, 1955, 1972, 2000
New York Yankees 4 1939, 1960, 1977, 2008
St. Louis Cardinals 4 1940, 1957, 1966, 2009
Detroit Tigers 4 1941, 1951, 1971, 2005
Oakland Athletics 3 1943, 1960, 1987
Boston Red Sox 3 1946, 1961, 1999
Chicago Cubs 3 1947, 1962, 1990
Baltimore Orioles 3 1948, 1958, 1993
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 1949, 1959, 1980
Philadelphia Phillies 3 1952, 1976, 1996
Texas Rangers 3 1962, 1969, 1995
Los Angeles Angels 3 1967, 1989, 2010
Houston Astros 3 1968, 1986, 2004
San Diego Padres 3 1978, 1992, 2016
Washington Nationals 2 1982, 2018
New York Mets 2 1964, 2013
Kansas City Royals 2 1973, 2012
Milwaukee Brewers 2 1975, 2002
Seattle Mariners 2 1979, 2001
Toronto Blue Jays 1 1991
Colorado Rockies 1 1998
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 2011
Miami Marlins 1 2017
Tampa Bay Rays 0 -

Ballparks that have hosted more than one All-Star Game[edit]

Active baseball parks[edit]

Defunct baseball parks[edit]

Ballparks that have never hosted an All-Star Game[edit]

Active baseball parks (oldest parks listed first)[edit]

Defunct baseball parks (oldest parks listed first)[edit]

The last time each franchise has hosted an All-Star Game[edit]

from least recent to most recent

Hosting All-Star Game and post-season games in same season[edit]

The following teams have hosted the All-Star Game in the summer then proceeded to host post-season games in the fall:

League Championship Series play began 1969

  • 1970: Cincinnati Reds - lost World Series - also first season for Riverfront Stadium
  • 1974: Pittsburgh Pirates - lost NLCS
  • 1976: Philadelphia Phillies - lost NLCS
  • 1977: New York Yankees - won World Series
  • 1983: Chicago White Sox - lost ALCS
  • 1986: Houston Astros - lost NLCS
  • 1991: Toronto Blue Jays - lost ALCS

Division Series play began 1995

  • 1997: Cleveland Indians - lost World Series
  • 1999: Boston Red Sox - lost ALCS
  • 2000: Atlanta Braves - lost NLDS
  • 2001: Seattle Mariners - lost ALCS
  • 2004: Houston Astros - lost NLCS
  • 2009: St. Louis Cardinals - lost NLDS
  • 2011: Arizona Diamondbacks - lost NLDS

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