PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh city officials confirm to Channel 11 that they are currently hosting the 2021 MLB All-Star game.
Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff Dan Gilman told Channel 11, “With today’s news, we have started talks about the potential ability to host in Pittsburgh. We believe this could benefit our hospitality industry, and we also underline Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s commitment to protecting voters. “
Breaking: Pgh City leaders discuss possible ways to host MLB All-Star games in Pgh. “We believe this could be a win for our hospitality industry, and we underline Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s commitment to protecting voters,” said the mayor’s chief of staff. #wpxi
– Rick Earle (@WPXIRickEarle) April 2, 2021
It came after MLB officials said they would move the game and draft out of Atlanta after Georgia passed new changes to its electoral laws that some see as further restrictions on voters.
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The last time the event was in Pittsburgh was in 2006, five years after PNC Park was built along the Allegheny River.
State Senator Jay Costa said he welcomed the league to move the game to Pittsburgh. He sent a letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred explaining why it makes sense to host the game here:
- PNC Park is consistently one of the best stadiums in the country
- The city has the ability to deal with the audience
- There is a long history of baseball in Pittsburgh
The @MLB decision to oppose voter suppression and relocating the All-Star game from Georgia is the right one.
Here PA gives our citizens unbridled access to the ballot box, so Senator @WayneDFontana & I would like to invite baseball fans to Pittsburgh for the 2021 game. pic.twitter.com/F0Hkl2m3AY
– Senator Jay Costa (@Senatorcosta) April 2, 2021