Cincinnati is reportedly set to host the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, according to John Fay of Cincinnati.com.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:00 p.m ET by Sam Westmoreland
It's official now; the Reds will be hosting the 2015 All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark. The team announced the official news via twitter just a few minutes ago.
This has been a long time coming for the Reds, they've been waiting for the opportunity to host the game, but thanks to a backlog of new stadia in baseball in recent seasons, they were forced to wait 10 years after its opening to feature the game.
Fay cites "sources" in his report and adds that commissioner Bud Selig will make the announcement this coming Wednesday while he is town to announce the development of Cincinnati's Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy.
This is the first time that Cincinnati will host the Midsummer Classic since 1988. The game was played at Riverfront Stadium that year. This will be the first time the game has been held in Great American Ball Park, which opened in 2003.
If the report proves true, this will be the fifth time Cincinnati has hosted this event, as the city was also home to the All-Star Game in 1938, 1953 and 1970.
As Mike Axisa of CBS Sports reports, the Washington Nationals have been making a pitch to host this game. Axisa notes they will now have to wait for 2017, as the game alternates cites between American and National League parks.
Baseball fan or not, this is great news for Cincinnati. Hosting the All-Star Game means plenty of extra revenue flowing into the city as this goes far beyond just the game itself.
The MLB has established several events surrounding the game. That includes the fan-favorite Home Run Derby, which will undoubtedly sell out. Also, there is the wildly popular Fanfest.
This is a great opportunity for Cincinnati to showcase its city and their beautiful baseball stadium.
This year, the New York Mets will host the 2013 All-Star Game, and next year's is scheduled for Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins.