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Cincinnati to host 2015 All-Star Game

An overall view of Great American Ball Park on April 5, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio
An overall view of Great American Ball Park on April 5, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati will play host to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday, bringing the annual contest to the Midwest city for the fifth time

Cincinnati will play host to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday, bringing the annual contest to the Midwest city for the fifth time.

Decade-old Great American Ball Park, which seats more than 42,000 people, will serve as the site of the showdown between top players from the National and American leagues for the first time.

The game was played at previous home stadiums of the Cincinnati Reds in 1938, 1953 1970 and 1988. The team was founded as the Red Stockings in the 19th Century and is considered the sport's oldest club.

"The fans of Cincinnati, you're not going to recognize the event that you last saw in 1988," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

"The scale of our festivities today is stunning. The growth of the All-Star Game has mirrored the remarkable growth of the national pastime itself."

This year's All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, while the 2014 All-Star Game will be staged at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.

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