Twenty-three years after the arrival of the baseball royal family in Denver, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will return to Coors Field.
But this time the situation is quite different.
Colorado is trying to get rid of the global epidemic, the local economy needs to redouble its efforts, and the decision to move the game to Denver is politically rampant. Major League Baseball officials recently removed it from Atlanta. In response to a new voting law in Georgia, the Major League Baseball (MLB) took this action, which has attracted the attention of civil rights organizations that the voting rights of people of color will be restricted.
On Tuesday, when it was officially announced that the Rockies would host the 91
Polis and Denver Mayor Michel Hancock lobbied for the game and touted the economic benefits it brings in Denver, which Hancock estimates will have an economic impact of more than $100 million.
Polis said: “This is a huge victory for our economy in Colorado.” “This is a critical turning point, not only to get us back to normal from COVID, but to highlight Denver across the country. And Colorado, and showed some of the most amazing talents coming to Colorado.”
Major League Baseball said it chose Denver because the city has submitted plans to host the future All-Star game and may soon be ready for this year’s game.
Hancock said: “All this is progressing very quickly.” “It usually takes months or years to complete, and it can be completed within a few days.”
The Rockies said that details about ticket prices, how fans buy tickets, and other events that will take place at the same time as the game are still under study. The annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft will be held for the first time during the All-Star celebration.
Both Polis and Hancock said that Rocky Mountain owner Dick Monfort “has doubts” about moving the game from Atlanta to Denver.
Richard Scharf, President and CEO of Visit Denver, said: “When you look at the final expenditure, it may exceed $100 million.”
The last time Denver hosted the game in 1998, the game brought about $40 million in expenditures and other economic activities. Economists and tourism officials said that compared with the time, the city has more services and more ways to attract tourists.
Patricia Silverstein, chief economist at Littleton Development Research Partners, said the benefits will not be limited to local spending. Many trips will turn into extended holidays, attracting the entire state, especially mountain resorts.
She said: “Furthermore, incidents such as these have raised awareness of the Denver metropolitan area, which may mean that the area will be considered/reconsidered as a place of business or expansion.”
Richard Scharf, CEO of Visit Denver, estimates that based on the cost of purchasing comparable broadcast time, the value of the city’s television and social media exposure may add another $100 million. After a long vacation, this exposure was highly valued to attract tourists.
“It seems that consumers do have suppressed demand. Nick Slay, an economist at the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, said that people are very eager to participate in the All-Star Game, travel, go to restaurants and other public occasions..
This game will bring the economic sector most affected by the pandemic-leisure and hospitality-and one of the hardest-hit areas-downtown Denver. In particular, hotels, restaurants and retailers near Coors Fields have the most profit.
“This unexpected incident will greatly promote the development of the hotel industry because it has suffered a heavy blow to COVID-19, which has had an impact on our economy. Sage Hospitality Group President and CEO Walter Isenberg said that thousands of Millions of tourists will gather to celebrate the American pastime in Mile High City. The company manages several hotels near the stadium.
Isenberg said it will provide Denver with an opportunity to show the world that it is ready to safely welcome returning customers.
“I’m very happy. It changed the plan for that week and I will make sure everything goes smoothly.” said Angela Neri, owner of Pony Up, a bar and restaurant on 18 and Blake Street. “As an operator, my biggest thing is to make sure I have enough preparation.”
Neri said that inventory means not only food and beverages, but also sufficient trained personnel. In view of the demand, she currently operates with only half of the normal staff. Since then, many of the people she had to let go during various closures continued to move forward. Restaurants everywhere are scrambling to re-employ, re-train and rebuild.
A key test for the urban hotel industry is whether it can provide an unforgettable experience to the people participating in the competition in a good way. The clock is ticking.
Bud Black (Bud Black) of the Rockies has spent 15 years in the player profession and served as an agent in the 14th season. This is very exciting news.
“I’m excited about Colorado. I’m excited about Denver. I’m excited about baseball fans in this area,” he said. “I am excited for baseball fans from all over the country to visit our great city.”
Black called the All-Star Game “a great beauty pageant and fanfare.”
“These are really good three days,” Black continued. “I know our city will embrace it. I know the Rocky Mountain Organization will hold a great show.”
The last time the University of Denver hosted an All-Star Game was on July 7, 1998, the fourth year of Coors Field. This is an unforgettable event. The 51,231 people who sold out saw the American League defeat the National League 13-8 in the highest-scoring All-Star game in history.