DENVER – Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that the All-Star Game will be held at Coors Field.
It comes after the annual classic was withdrawn in Atlanta due to objections to election changes in Georgia.
Coors Field last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998.
This year’s meeting will take place on 13 July.
“We appreciate their flexibility and enthusiasm for hosting a first-class event,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
The major leagues have withdrawn the planned presentation at Truist Park in response to changes orchestrated by the Republican government in Georgia, Brian Kemp.
Critics, including CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, condemned the changes as too restrictive.
The laws include new limits for postal voting and increased legislative control over how elections are conducted.
Colorado Democratic officials praised the state system for its simplicity and accessibility.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis told a news conference that the state expressed interest in an upcoming game, but when the opportunity arose at the last minute, Denver was able to quickly adjust.
It is unclear what kind of capacity it will be due to the pandemic restrictions.
By raising the curtain for the season against the Dodgers, last week, the Rockies welcomed 21,363 fans, or 42.6% of regular capacity.
Manfred made the decision to move all-star events and the draft after one-on-one discussions with players and also with the Players Alliance, a group of black players formed after George Floyd’s death last year.
Kemp has defended the measures taken by Georgia, and other Republicans have criticized the MLB decision.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will host the All-Star Game in 2022.
– By Pat Graham, Associated Press
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