Nationals Park opened in 2008, and as recent history shows, new stadiums often get to host all-star games. The Nationals have been pushing to host the midsummer classic, potentially angling for the 2015 game, but according to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Associated Press, Cincinnati will host the 2015 game, leaving 2017 as the soonest potential year for Washington.
Major League Baseball alternates between American and National League sites each year. The Mets’ Citi Field (opened in 2009) will host this year’s game, and the Twins’ Target Field (opened in 2010) is scheduled to host the event in 2014. Now that 10-year-old Great American Ball Park has been tapped for the ’15 game, the Nationals could be competing for the ’17 game.
Competition includes San Diego’s Petco Park and Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park — also fairly new stadiums that have yet to host the event. Wrigley Field in Chicago turns 100 next year and team executives are hoping to renovate the stadium. (And, of course, there is new Marlins Park in Miami, but the team’s ownership surely isn’t on the Commissioner Bud Selig’s list of personal favorite franchises right now.)
It’s unclear why Cincinnati beat out other competing teams for the ’15 game, but the slow-moving development surrounding Nationals Park could have been a factor. Whatever the reason, it’s clear the Nationals want to host the game, and baseball, especially Selig, wants a thriving and vibrant Washington baseball market. For now, it’s unclear when the midsummer classic will come here.