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The following is from ESPN.com written by Buster Olney:


Yankee Stadium will be the site of the 2008 All-Star Game, sources in baseball said, in the last year of the ballpark.


The new Yankee Stadium is scheduled to open in 2009, and old Yankee Stadium closed, 86 years after the ballpark was first built in 1923, and 33 years after the ballpark was remodeled on the same site in 1976. With the All-Star Game slated to be in an AL park in 2008, officials chose Yankee Stadium for the site, believing it to be an appropriate way to usher out the historic building.


The All-Star Game has been held in Yankee Stadium three times previously, the last time in 1977.


An announcement on the selection of Yankee Stadium is expected in the days ahead, perhaps next week, with Major League Baseball coordinating with the Mayor's office in New York.


Next summer's All-Star Game will be played in San Francisco, and on Monday night, Commissioner Bud Selig formally announced that the 2009 All-Star Game will be played in St. Louis.


Great news to hear if you are a Yankees fan. I have many fond memories of Yankee Stadium. I am going to be so sad the day it gets knocked down.

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I am glad they are having it at the old one and not the new one.


Meh, it's a below average place to watch a game...


true, but its still yankee stadium...

Yes, it would be nice to have the ASG one last time at Yankee Stadium before it goes away. The Cardinals are getting it for 2009.


It would be interesting to find out what the requirements will be to be for NY and St. Louis fans to able to purchase the tickets to the festivities. I know that for the ASG this year in SF the Giants were only making the tickets available to season ticket holders who sign on for 2007 AND 2008 season ticket packages!

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Since MLB has a tradition of giving the ASG to new ballparks...do you think that new Yankee Stadium will be the host a few years after old Yankee Stadium?

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Since MLB has a tradition of giving the ASG to new ballparks...do you think that new Yankee Stadium will be the host a few years after old Yankee Stadium?


Yea I def think so, thats why I thought having it at the old one before it closed down would kind of suck because they would get the it again in the new one...


But oh well, Old Yankee Stadium it is

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the a's and twins will be in line for all star games in the next few years, with their stadiums opening up. also, the angels haven't had one since angel stadium was renovated 10 years ago. royals haven't seen one in a long time. devil rays won't get one until they get a real stadium.


the padres, dodgers and d'backs are all due for all star games, especially arizona, considering they haven't had any in their history. the cubs i don't see getting an all star game for a while, since the south side just had one a few years ago. the reds will be getting one with their new ballpark, so will the mets and nationals and phillies possibly. the marlins will have to wait until they get a new stadium though. dolphins stadium is a good place for a super bowl, but an all star game in the middle of the summer heat, no thanks.


on that i see the angels getting the 2010 edition with the royals being a dark horse and the 2011 game being up for grabs between arizona, cincy and washington, with the phillies, dodgers and padres all longshots. the mets will probably have to wait until at least 2015 for theirs. don't want too much all star in new york too fast.

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Major League Baseball and New York City will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 31st, to officially announce Yankee Stadium as the site of the 2008 All-Star Game, Newsday has learned.


New York City Michael Bloomberg and baseball commissioner Bud Selig are expected on site. Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner doesn't plan to attend, The Boss' spokesman Howard Rubenstein said today.

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Yankee Stadium to Host Baseball All-Star Game in 2008 (Update2)


By Erik Matuszewski


Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2008, the final season their 84-year-old stadium will be used.


Yankee Stadium, which opened in 1923 and was the stage for the team's record 26 World Series championships, is giving way to a new $955 million building after the 2008 season.


"It is the most famous cathedral in baseball and I think the most famous stadium in the world,'' Commissioner Bud Selig said at a press conference held at New York's City Hall. "This is the way we can honor a place that has meant so much to this sport for so long.''


The game is scheduled for July 15, 2008. Yankee Stadium previously hosted All-Star Games in 1939, 1960 and 1977. After each of those seasons, the Yankees reached the World Series.


In addition to hosting the championship teams, the stadium was the home field for such players as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, who are among the 13 players in baseball's Hall of Fame who were inducted as Yankees.


Since 2003, the All-Star Game has been used to determine which league gets the advantage of playing at home for four of the seven games in the World Series. The American League has won all four All-Star meetings against the National League in that span and is 9-0-1 over the past 10 years.


"Nobody stages big events like the Big Apple,'' New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at today's news conference. "We've got the experience, the resources and the spirit. We'll put on the best All-Star Game in baseball history.''


Ticket Prices


Tickets for last year's All-Star Game in Pittsburgh had a face value of $125 and some re-sold for between $450 and $2,000, ticket brokers said. The cost of seats at the game in the Bronx will probably be significantly higher.


"It's going to be a very tough ticket to get,'' Tom Patania, a board member for the National Association of Ticket Brokers, said in a telephone interview. "The Yankees without having an All-Star Game have the highest attendance figures. To throw in an All-Star Game on top of that just adds to it.''


The Yankees drew more than 4 million fans in each of the past two seasons and averaged a major league-leading 51,858 for their 81 home games last season.


Bloomberg said city officials are expecting the All-Star Game to attract more than 175,000 visitors and have an estimated economic impact of $148 million. The highest previous economic impact for an All-Star host city was $65 million for Houston in 2004 and Boston in 1999, according to the league.


"This is something that all New Yorkers, not just baseball fans, should cheer about,'' said Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News and its parent company, Bloomberg LP. "This will showcase our city to a huge, diverse television audience and that's equal to millions of dollars of free advertising for our city and will help attract even more visitors and more businesses in years to come.''


All-Star Celebration


Selig said the league's All-Star celebration has changed significantly since 1977, when New York last hosted the game. It now lasts five days and features a home run derby, a fan festival and a futures game for top minor-league players.


Nine of the past 10 All-Star Games were held in new stadiums, including last year's meeting between the American League and National League at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.


Boston's Fenway Park was the only stadium more than 10 years old to host the All-Star Game since 1997.


San Francisco's AT&T Park, which opened in 2000, is the site of this year's game. St. Louis's new stadium will host the 2009 game and Selig said he's already considering the Mets' planned facility as a future All-Star site. Like the Yankees, the Mets are scheduled to open their new venue in 2009.


"This was unusual because one of the things I've tried to do is use the new stadiums, but the more we talked about it, celebrating (the Yankees') unprecedented history the overriding concern,'' Selig said. "I can assure you, the Mets are on my radar screen when they get a new stadium.''


To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski at City Hall in New York at [email protected]


Last Updated: January 31, 2007 11:53 EST

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No Chance That Any Marlins Stadium Gets A Game Before The Year 2018.


2008- Yankees New Ballpark

2009- St. Louis


And Then These Teams Are Far In Front Of Us, Even With A New Park











Royals, Reds, Nationals, and Dodgers are also looking forward to having A-S Games too.


Dont get too excited if we get the ballpark deal done...doesnt mean AS Game

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Shaun Powell




Wrecker?s ball is long overdue


Outdated Stadium should be history


February 1, 2007


It's never nice to speak ill about the ill, especially when death is apparent. With that in mind, I'll be kind and just say this: Yankee Stadium can't collapse fast enough.


Unfortunately, the Grim Reaper won't swing the wrecking ball until sometime in October 2008, depending on when Alex Rodriguez kills another playoff run. That's 21 months from now, or roughly the time between Carl Pavano starts. Until then, baseball fans must continue to root for the Yankees while sitting in a facility past its glory, which is sort of like taking Giselle Bundchen for a spin in a wheezing, old Coup de Ville.


Please, this is no disrespect to the history of the stadium itself.


Just the stadium itself.


Four million people visit Yankee Stadium every year to see Derek Jeter throw across his body to first base, to witness what $200 million buys these days in baseball talent, to observe the winningest team in baseball this decade.


Four million people do not visit Yankee Stadium to do a riverdance while standing in line for the three or four restrooms. Four million people do not visit Yankee Stadium to squeeze through aisles built for supermodels or fight for shouting space at concession stands the size of shopping-mall information booths. Four million people, or at least the few who dare to drive, do not visit Yankee Stadium hours before the first pitch just so they can find one of the limited parking spaces sold at monthly home mortgages.


Once you remove the product on the field and Monument Park in the outfield, the "Yankee experience" is like the death of Barbaro: overrated and overplayed.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg, commissioner Bud Selig and other important types made it official yesterday when the All-Star Game was given to the Bronx in '08, but this was a mercy gesture, a nice way of being nice to a sick, suffering old cathedral that should've had the plug pulled a decade ago. Ordinarily, the Midseason Classic wouldn't come anywhere near Yankee Stadium, because baseball knows what we know: The place isn't fit for it.


The beauty of the Stadium nowadays lies exclusively with the history and tradition of the Yankees. People are attracted by walls that talk. They know this is where Babe Ruth smacked his 60th homer and where Don Larsen pitched his perfect World Series game. They want to press their ears close enough to hear the heavy heartbeats from Lou Gehrig's courageous speech and the Babe's good-bye.


They know they're standing in the same place where Roger Maris hit No. 61, where Aaron Boone needed one swing and where Reggie needed three. They also know this is where Joe Louis put Max Schmeling to sleep and where Chuck Bednarik did the same to Frank Gifford. A pair of popes blessed the crowd, and the end zone blessed Alan Ameche in the Greatest Game Ever Played.


All that history is so rich and rewarding and priceless in a building with the charm of Simon Cowell.


Despite getting more nips and tucks than the cast of "The View," the Stadium has seen better days. It can't compare to any of the grand old baseball buildings still standing. For sheer magnificence, nothing tops Dodger Stadium, still in all its retro 1960s glory, sitting atop Chavez Ravine. Wrigley Field also blows away Yankee Stadium, especially if you compare the neighborhoods that surround both ballparks. And Fenway Park, cozy, intimate and buffeted by the imposing Green Monster, is a more inviting place to waste a lazy afternoon.


Yankee Stadium would've gone long ago had George Steinbrenner not wasted time with his misguided attempt at building in Manhattan or flirting with New Jersey. Meanwhile, the cost of materials went up, to the point at which the price of the new Stadium in the Bronx will equal six Yankee payrolls. Well, if that's what it takes to move the Yankees into the 21st century and out of a dated building, so be it. Only three items are worth taking across the street to the new place. The arching fa?ade, because it's the trademark. Monument Park, which deserves more space and a better presentation. And the roll call.


Well, there is something nice we can say about the old place.


It's not exactly Shea Stadium.

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