Baseball’s brightest stars are set to illuminate Atlanta in 2025, as the city has been chosen to host the 95th Midsummer Classic, also known as the MLB All-Star Game. This marks the third time Atlanta will welcome the prestigious event. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the 2025 All-Star Game and its accompanying All-Star Week events have been awarded to the Braves. This decision recognizes the Braves’ success both on and off the field and the exceptional fan experience offered by Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta in Cobb County.
Atlanta’s history with the MLB All-Star Game is notable. The city first hosted the game in 1972 at Atlanta Stadium, a memorable event marked by Hank Aaron’s two-run home run that led the National League to victory. The last time Atlanta hosted the All-Star Game was in 2000 at Turner Field, where Derek Jeter was named Most Valuable Player. The return of the All-Star Game to Atlanta in 2025 is a testament to the city’s ongoing commitment to hosting world-class sporting events.
The 2025 All-Star Game at Truist Park comes with a backdrop of Atlanta’s missed opportunity in 2021. Originally, Atlanta was set to host the 2021 MLB All-Star Game at Truist Park. However, in a significant turn of events, Major League Baseball decided to relocate the game in response to Georgia’s controversial new voting law, which was seen by many as restrictive. This decision was a notable moment in the intersection of sports and social justice, reflecting MLB’s stance on political and social issues. The loss of the 2021 All-Star Game was felt deeply by the Atlanta community, both in terms of the excitement around the event and the economic impact. The awarding of the 2025 game can be seen as a form of reconciliation, bringing the much-anticipated event back to Atlanta and offering the city a chance to showcase its vibrant culture and love for baseball on a grand stage.
Opened in 2017, Truist Park has quickly become a beacon of regular-season and postseason success for the Braves. The park, alongside The Battery Atlanta, a vibrant sports and entertainment complex, offers fans a unique and comprehensive experience. The facilities have played a significant role in the Braves’ successes, including their World Series win in 2021, where Truist Park was the final stop for the celebratory parade. These venues are expected to provide a world-class experience for the All-Star Game festivities.
The Braves’ chairman, Terry McGuirk, expressed excitement and pride in being awarded the 2025 All-Star Game. He emphasized Atlanta’s reputation as a top destination for entertainment and sporting events. The preparations for the All-Star Game will involve close collaboration with Major League Baseball to create memorable experiences that not only showcase but also support the local community. The focus will be on offering baseball fans and visitors an immersive experience in Truist Park, The Battery Atlanta, and the surrounding area.
The selection of Truist Park and Atlanta to host the 2025 MLB All-Star Game is a significant moment for the city and the Braves organization. It reaffirms Atlanta’s status as a prime location for major sports events and highlights the exceptional facilities and experiences that Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta offer. The event promises to be a memorable occasion, celebrating the best of baseball, the community, and the rich culture of Atlanta.