Empty seats are shown at T-Mobile Park on July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Empty seats are shown at T-Mobile Park on July 31, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle to host 2023 MLB All-Star Game

T-Mobile Park has been selected to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in July 2023.

By Ryan Divish / The Seattle Times

SEATTLE — Baseball’s Midsummer Classic will return to Seattle in 2023.

Multiple sources confirmed a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan that T-Mobile Park has been selected to host Major League Baseball’s All-Star game in July 2023.

Neither the Mariners nor MLB would make an official statement about the situation. Though the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will be in town for a news conference regarding a “major announcement” Thursday.

It will be the first the All-Star game played in Seattle since July 10, 2001, which was a magical summer of baseball in the city and the Sodo district. The stadium, which was then called Safeco Field, had been open for just two years and the Mariners placed eight players on the American League All-Star team in a season where they won 116 games.

Prior to 2001, the Mariners, in their third year of existence, hosted the 1979 All-Star game at the Kingdome.

While MLB had traditionally awarded the All-Star game to teams based on a rotation of when they last held the event, allowing each team the opportunity to host it, the selection process has changed over the last decade. Teams were required to submit a bid and presentations to MLB to host the All-Star game, which has turned into a three-day event also featuring the Futures Game and the Home Run Derby. Beyond the actual activity at the stadium, the bids also had to include information about all aspects of the All-Star game, including hotels needed for staff and players, sites for off-field activities and events, amenities for fans and the city infrastructure to handle it all.

The Mariners first began working on a bid/presentation to host the All-Star game in 2018 and officially submitted it to MLB officials in 2019. Since then they’ve added information to their presentation about changes and improvements to T-Mobile Park as well as other aspects of the bid that would help them get the All-Star game.

Given the success of the 2001 game, the popularity of T-Mobile Park as a venue and Seattle’s strong bid, the Mariners were expected to be awarded a game in the window between 2023-2025. Philadelphia has already been awarded the 2026 All-Star game and the Dodgers will host the 2022 All-Star game after losing the 2020 game to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sources indicated that the expectation of hosting an All-Star game was a large part of the Mariners search when looking for a corporate sponsorships for the naming rights to the stadium in 2018. Safeco Insurance opted not to renew the naming rights deal with the Mariners when its 20-year contract expired after the 2018 season. An agreement was reached with T-Mobile for the stadium to be named T-Mobile Park in December 2018 and became official on Jan. 1, 2019.

T-Mobile has been a major corporate partner with MLB dating back to 2013. The wireless company announced a four-year extension to that partnership with MLB in March of 2019.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Everett Silvertips players huddle together during a game against Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kristin Ostrowski/Everett Silvertips)
Patterson: Tips appear to be legit contenders in top-heavy WHL

Everett proved itself in a tight 3-2 loss to Kamloops, but a few moves could help shore things up.

Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lake Stevens downs Eastlake to reach 4A state title game

The Vikings win 45-28 and will face Graham-Kapowsin for the state championship next weekend.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville Pilchuck’s state run ends with loss to Bellevue

The Wolverines hold the high-powered Tomahawks in check and pull away in the second half for a 27-3 win in the 3A semifinals.

Padres second baseman Adam Frazier field the ball during a baseball game against the Giants on Sept. 16, 2021, in San Francisco. The Mariners acquired the All-Star second baseman from the Padres in exchange for two minor-leaguers on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Mariners acquire All-Star 2B Frazier from Padres

Seattle sends a pair of minor-leaguers to San Diego in exchange for the soon-to-be 30 year old.

Silvertips forward Alex Swetlikoff (90) battles for the loose puck during a game against Kamloops on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kristin Ostrowski / Everett Silvertips)
Blazers hand Silvertips 1st regulation loss of season

Kamloops earns a 3-2 win in a battle of Western Conference powers at Angel of the Winds Arena.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Efton Chism III, a Monroe High School graduate. (Photo provided by Eastern Washington University)
Former local standouts hope to lead Eastern to national title

With Efton Chism III, Josh Jerome and Anthany Smith helping lead the way, the Eagles begin their quest for a crown.

Washington State running back Max Borghi (21) evades a tackle attempt from Washington tight end Carson Smith (42) as he runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Cougars end Apple Cup skid, clobber rival Huskies

Washington State snaps a seven-game losing streak to Washington with a record-setting 40-13 win.

Clockwise, from top left: Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle, Jackson’s Julia Dillion, and Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)
91-6: When is a high school sports blowout over the line?

Lopsided matchups happen in every sport. But when the athletes are kids, how do parents and coaches navigate it?

Kevin Clark / The Herald

***Silvertips Special Sections*****
Yan Khomenko signals for substitution Sunday night at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wa on September 6th, 2015

Sports:  Silvertips Special Section
Shot on: 09/06/15
Royals snap Silvertips’ 10-game win streak in overtime

Victoria scores late to force the extra period and again early in overtime to win 4-3.

Most Read