Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is returning to Dodger Stadium in 2020 for the first time since 1980 to end Los Angeles’ All-Star Game hosting drought. 2020 will be the 4th time the Dodgers will host the All-Star Game after hosting it in Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in 1949, then at the L.A. Coliseum in 1959, and the only time at Dodger Stadium in 1980.
The 2018 All-Star Game will be hosted in Washington by the Nationals and the 2019 All-Star Game will be hosted in Cleveland by the Indians.
Major League Baseball’s Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. made the announcement from a platform in center field Wednesday with Los Angeles Dodgers alumni Don Newcombe, Tom Lasorda, Manny Mota, Ron Cey, Reggie Smith, Dave Roberts, Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen and Bill Russell.
Manfred mentioned three key factors that prompted Major League Baseball to choose Dodgers Stadium for the 2020 All-Star Game. Manfred stated that Los Angeles was a “great place” to showcase the game’s young talent, Dodger Stadium is iconic in being baseball’s third-oldest ballpark, and “it’s time for us to be back here.”
“This is awesome,” Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen said. “I can’t wait for 2020 to see this.”
“This is the most beautiful venue ever built to play and watch baseball,” President and Part-Owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Stan Kasten said. Kasten additionally said playing host is a “good excuse” to start the ensuing stage of improvements at Dodger Stadium.
“In my lifetime, I’ve never gotten to witness an All-Star Game in Los Angeles,” said Dodgers’ third baseman Justin Turner. “This is quite an honor.”
Dodgers Stadium’s selection is thanks in large part to the upgrades made by the team’s ownership in recent years. Since 2013, the improvements made to Dodgers Stadium include the creation of two brand new entrance plazas, tiered seating, bar areas overlooking bullpens, new high-definition video screens, a new sound system and wider concourses. Ownership also renovated their bathrooms and team displays.
The Los Angeles Dodgers presented a video displaying scenes of the park and Los Angeles narrated by Hall of Fame announcer and Dodger legend Vin Scully, who concluded the video by saying, “This is our home, and we can’t wait.”