Major League baseball and the Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that the 2014 All-Star Game will be held at Target Field.
The 85th Midsummer Classic will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. That's just five years after the open-air ballpark opened.
Commissioner Bud Selig, along with Twins owner Jim Pohlad, team president Dave St. Peter, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Twins Hall of Famer Rod Carew attended the Wednesday afternoon press conference.
The All-Star game has been held in Minnesota twice before, first in 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium and again in 1985 at the then-new Metrodome.
"I remember being lucky enough, as a starry-eyed kid, to attend the 1965 All-Star Game at the old Met Stadium," Rybak recalled. "Holding this game in Minneapolis almost 50 years later, at the best park in baseball, will be another unforgettable experience."
A lot has changed since the 1985 All-Star Game. It's no longer a one-day event. In fact, organizers in Kansas City say they plan to have five days of events leading up to the big game when they host next year's game.
Some of those events include:
A spokesman for the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau told FOX 9 News they anticipate more than 150,000 to attend at least one of the major events during the five-day celebration.
Local leaders say there could easily be that many fans flocking to downtown Minneapolis in 2014. Selig told FOX 9 News he expects the event will bring in between $75 and $100 million in revenue.
The Twins have had 119 All-Star selections throughout the franchise's history, but only two players -- Harmon Killebrew and Kirby Puckett -- have hit a homer in an All-Star Game.