The MLB All-Star Game has become a truly Texas-sized event since the Rangers last hosted the summer classic, and the countdown is on to next year’s festivities.
Major League Baseball and the Rangers unveiled the 2024 All-Star Game logo Thursday at Globe Life Field, the retractable-roof stadium across the street from the outdoor facility where the 1995 All-Star Game was played in extreme heat. The logo for the July 16 game includes an outline of Texas and has All-Star punctuated with the state’s iconic star.
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«That Major League Baseball All-Star Game has turned into a whole week of activities,» said Chuck Morgan, the Rangers’ longtime public address announcer. «The All-Star experience has changed a lot since that game at The Ballpark in Arlington.»
Globe Life Field opened in 2020, when the Rangers played their first season without fans there due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The stadium hosted the 2020 World Series, with a limited number of fans, after the National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series were also played there.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the Rangers’ stadium is an «incredible, state-of-the-art facility» and that the league feels a special affinity with the stadium and Texas owner Ray Davis for hosting that postseason at a neutral site.
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«When you think about that time period, Texas, Arlington, Ray and the Rangers really stepped up at a time that was hard to accommodate,» Manfred said. «We really feel a debt of gratitude to the club.»
This year’s All-Star Game was held last week in Seattle. The last time he was in Texas was in 2004, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.