It’ll be an All-Star summer in 2016

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The stars are coming to San Diego in 2016.
The Padres learned on Thursday that they will host the midsummer classic at Petco Park.
It will mark the third time the game has been held in San Diego, but for the first time downtown.
San Diego, under its new ownership group, was aggressive in getting the game back to San Diego. When MLB officials were in town for the recent Winter Meetings, a full-court press was applied by Padres executives in their bid for the game.
This season’s exhibition will be held in Cincinnati, which many thought would derail the Padres’ chances. MLB tries to alternate game sites between the two leagues, but that won’t be the case in 2016.

“I am very pleased to award the 2016 All-Star Game to the San Diego Padres, who made a detailed and comprehensive bid in conjunction with city officials,” MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.  “San Diego is one of America’s most beautiful cities, and showcasing Petco Park in its thriving downtown will be a remarkable opportunity for the Padres franchise and all of Major League Baseball.”

Added Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler: “The San Diego Padres are honored to host Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park. Padres fans have been awaiting the return of the Midsummer Classic for more than two decades, and we are thrilled with today’s news. We thank Commissioner Selig, Commissioner-Elect Rob Manfred and all of Major League Baseball for selecting ‘America’s Finest City.’”

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