City Council waives $1.5 million in fees for 2016 All-Star game

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres put in a bid to have Petco Park host the All Star Game in 2016, and on Monday, the City Council approved the bid, but it is probably a long shot for a couple of reasons.

One of the reasons is baseball tradition, and two, it seems baseball commissioner Bud Selig may have already made up his mind.

Unfortunately, tradition in this case may work against the Padres bid to host the All Star Game, at least in 2016.

Commissioner Selig is on record as favoring Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles, and Camden Yards began a new tradition by transforming baseball parks.

“Now the trend for baseball parks are these smaller in terms of capacity, but kind of you know original type ballparks. In San Diego with the Western Metals Supply building, the view of the bay and all that is terrific,” said Bob Chandler, Padres baseball announcer for 35 years.

Camden Yards will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016, and it is banking on the tradition that All Star Games rotate, one year a National League host city, the next an American League city.

In 2016, the American League is up.

“It probably means Baltimore is going to get it in 2016. There is a very strong chance San Diego being awarded an All Star team, game and I think that will be in 2017,” said Chandler.

KUSI’s Sports Director Paul Rudy agrees and sees the Council’s approval as San Diego on deck for 2017.

“If it expedites 2017, and makes that happen, then I’m all for it. I don’t expect the All Star Game to be here any sooner than 2017. Perhaps even after that,” said Rudy.

Petco Park is 11-years-old, and has yet to host an All Star Game.

“With our rich baseball tradition it’s a bit perplexing that we have not hosted an All Star Game here since 1992, and have never hosted an All Star Game at Petco Park,” said Erik Greupner with the Padres.

One reason is the previous Padres management was focused on bringing the World Baseball Classic to San Diego, and did, but it sort of fizzled.

The new ownership will stick to tradition, and is being more aggressive in hosting an All Star Game.

The All Star Game is more then a game. It’s a week of events that will draw out of town visitors and generate some $80 million in economic impact to San Diego.

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