As Major League Baseball gears up for its 87th annual midsummer Classic, the city hosting the event is expecting a home run of its own.
The July 12 showdown between the best of the American League (AL) and the National League will be held in San Diego for the third time, but at Petco Park for the first. Along with the All-Star game—and most other major league sporting events—comes a commensurate boost in economic activity, as thousands of people travel from coast to coast to see the game.
Last year's MLB All-Star game was played in Cincinnati, Ohio, generating an estimated economic impact of $65 million, according to figures from Baseball Almanac. From 2002 to 2011 the league's data says the AL vs NL showdown has brought an average economic impact of $70.5 million for host cities.
In 2013, the Midsummer Classic was accompanied by a huge boom when the New York Mets hosted: The extravaganza raked in $191.5 million, according to an impact study by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
The classic brought in an estimated 176,239 people who traveled to NYC for game related activities, and expectations are also high for San Diego—which is also playing host to the massively popular Comic-Con.
"We expect over 250,000 fans will have some type of All-Star experience attending events inside & outside the ballpark during the six days," said Matt Bourne, the MLB's vice president of business public relations. "We have 12 hotels in the downtown totaling 16,000 room nights that we contracted."