2021 MLB All-Star Game Awarded to Atlanta
Major League Baseball (MLB) announced Atlanta as host to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game. The annual matchup between the American League and National League’s top athletes will be played at SunTrust Park. This marks the third time Atlanta welcomes the Midsummer Classic, the first since 2000.
“Major League Baseball is pleased to award our 2021 All-Star Game to the Braves and the City of Atlanta, which partnered on a compelling All-Star Week bid,” said Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB Commissioner. “We look forward to showcasing the best of our sport and the Braves’ new home, SunTrust Park, to a global audience.”
SunTrust Park debuted in 2017 and is currently the newest MLB stadium. The mixed-use complex surrounding the park, The Battery Atlanta, has become a destination for visitors with restaurants, shopping and entertainment offerings.
“Bringing the MLB All-Star Game to Atlanta will be an incredible showcase of SunTrust Park, The Battery Atlanta and the city’s ability to host marquee sporting events,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Visitors will enjoy shopping and chef-driven restaurants as well as a full list of fan-friendly events leading up to the game.”
In addition to the game, Atlanta will host numerous other events including Home Run Derby, a celebrity softball game, FANFest and All-Star Futures Game, a showcase match featuring the best young players from around the league.
“From this year’s Super Bowl to next year’s Final Four, Atlanta knows how to work with its partners to stage the greatest sports events in the world,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Hosting the 2021 All-Star Game is an honor, and nothing could be more fitting for the hometown of the record holder for most All-Star Game selections — the Atlanta Braves’ own Hank Aaron.”
The 92th MLB All-Star Game joins a growing list of high-profile sporting events in Atlanta including the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, 2018 MLS All-Star Game, Super Bowl LIII in 2019 and 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four.