New York's iconic venue hosted four All-Star Games: 1939, 1960, 1977 and 2008, its final season. The old Yankee Stadium opened in the Bronx on April 18, 1923, and became known as "The House That Ruth Built." It hosted 6,581 Yankees regular-season home games during its 85-year history. The venue was constructed specifically for the Yankees, who had been sharing the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants baseball team for 10 years. It closed Sept. 30, 1973, for renovations and reopened April 15, 1976. It seated 56,936. The Yankees played their final regular-season game in the ballpark on Sept. 21, 2008, and moved into the new Yankee Stadium across the street to start the '09 season.
Hosts with the most
Citi Field, home to the New York Mets, will host the 2013 All-Star Game on FOX on July 16. The All-Star Game venue is chosen by MLB and traditionally alternates between the American League and National League every year. This tradition has been broken twice. In 1951, the Detroit Tigers hosted the annual game as part of the city's 250th birthday. In 2007, the San Francisco Giants hosted the 2007 event, setting up the 2008 game to be held in the final season at Yankee Stadium. Several stadiums have been the site of two Midsummer Classics. Let's see the special ballparks that have hosted three or more...
Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.
Angel Stadium has hosted three Midsummer Classics: 1967, 1989 and 2010. Anaheim Stadium opened April 19, 1966. Between 1998 and 2003, it was called Edison International Field of Anaheim and is currently called Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The stadium is often referred to by its unofficial nickname, The Big A. It is the home ballpark to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and was previously home to the NFL's Los Angeles Rams (now St. Louis Rams). It has a capacity of 45,050.
Comiskey Park, Chicago
The original Comiskey Park hosted three All-Star Games: 1933, 1950 and 1983. Comiskey Park, which opened July 1, 1910, was home to the Chicago White Sox from 1910 to 1990. It was built by Charles Comiskey after a design by Zachary Taylor Davis and was the site of four World Series (one of which was played by the Chicago Cubs because of a lack of seating at Wrigley Field) and more than 6,000 major-league games. The field was also the site of the 1937 heavyweight title match in which Joe Louis defeated then-champion James J. Braddock in eight rounds. At the time of its closure, Sept. 30, 1990, it seated 43,951. The successor to Comiskey Park was built across the street from the original and opened in 1991. The new Comiskey Park was renamed U.S. Cellular Field in 2003. The original Comiskey Park is now sometimes referred to as "Old Comiskey Park."
Tiger Stadium, Detroit
Tiger Stadium hosted three All-Star Games: 1941, 1951 and 1971. Tiger Stadium (formerly known as Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) opened April 20, 1912. It hosted the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1999, as well as the NFL's Detroit Lions from 1938 to 1974. It closed Sept. 27, 1999. It was declared a State of Michigan Historic Site in 1975 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989. The stadium was nicknamed "The Corner" for its location on Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue. In the decade after the Tigers vacated the stadium, several rejected redevelopment and preservation efforts finally gave way to demolition. The stadium's demolition was completed on Sept. 21, 2009. It seated 52,416.
Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
Sportsman's Park hosted three All-Star Games: 1940, 1948 and 1957. From 1920 to 1953, Sportsman's Park was the home field of both the St. Louis Browns of the American League and the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League. The Browns departed to become the modern-day Baltimore Orioles. From 1960 to '65, the ballpark (by then known as Busch Stadium, but still commonly called Sportsman's Park) was also the home of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals. In 1923, the stadium hosted St. Louis' first NFL team, the St. Louis All Stars. It opened April 23, 1902, was renovated in 1909, expanded in 1909, 1922 and 1926. It closed May 8, 1966, and was demolished later that year. It seated 30,500.
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Wrigley Field has hosted three All-Star Games: 1947, 1962 and 1990 Chicago's landmark, jewel-box designed stadium, opened April 23, 1914, as Weeghman Park and was home to the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It is the second-oldest baseball park in the United States. From 1920 to 1926, it was called Cubs Park. It was renamed in '26 for then-Cubs owner and chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. In 1927, an upper deck was added, and in 1937, Bill Veeck, the son of the club president, planted ivy vines against the brick outfield walls. Between 1921 and 1970, it was also the home of NFL's Chicago Bears. It seats 41,160.
Fenway Park, Boston
Fenway has hosted three All-Star Games: 1946, 1961 and 1999. Fenway Park opened April 20, 1912, as the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox. It is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in use and is also the oldest venue used by a professional sports team in the United States. It's most famous for the Green Monster wall in left field. It holds 37,402 for night games and 36,974 for day games.
Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland
Cleveland Stadium hosted four All-Star Games: 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981. Cleveland Stadium (also known as Lakefront Stadium and Cleveland Municipal Stadium) was a baseball and football stadium. In its final years, the stadium seated 74,438 for baseball and 81,000 for football. It was one of the early multipurpose stadiums, built to accommodate both baseball and football. It opened July 1, 1931, new seats were added in 1967 and a new scoreboard and luxury suites were added in 1974. It closed Dec. 17, 1995, and was demolished Nov. 4, 1996