MLB withdrew the July 13 game from Truist Park in Cobb County, Georgia, in response to Georgia voting rules that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp swiftly signed into law on March 25. Critics, including CEOs of Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have condemned the changes as too restrictive.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move the All-Star events and amateur draft to Atlanta after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of black players formed after George Floyd’s death the year. past, the commissioner said in a statement.
Kemp has vowed to defend the measure and other Republicans have criticized the MLB measure. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott abstained from making the first pitch in the Texas Rangers’ home opener on Monday and said the state will not seek to host the All-Star Game or any other MLB special events.
Coors Field last hosted the All-Star Game in 1998, the fourth season for the stadium and the sixth for the Rockies franchise.