Major League Baseball plans to move its All-Star Game to Denver after the league announced Friday it was pulling the game from Atlanta in protest of new restrictive voting laws in the state.
The league is scheduled to announce Tuesday that the game, scheduled for July 13, will take place at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, USA Today reported Monday night, citing a person with knowledge of the decision. .
The city of Denver began pushing to host the game after MLB announced they were pulling the competition from Atlanta, according to Yahoo Finance.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock told the outlet that his city was “ready to host” the game, citing the city’s “progressive voting system.”
“We are proud to welcome you and to talk about the progressive voting system in Denver, which is determined to make sure that no one, no one is restricted in their voting rights,” Hancock told Yahoo Finance.
“We will show it, but more importantly, we can show the Major Leagues that we are prepared and ready to host [the All-Star Game] in July, if they still choose us, “he added.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in a statement Friday, writing, “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions on voting rights. urns “.
Manfred said the decision was made after conversations with teams and players who found that taking the game out of Peach State was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport.”
Last month, the governor of Georgia. Brian KempBrian KempJuan Williams: Corporate Leaders Must Take Down Unjust Georgia Law Some Republican Georgia Lawmakers Want Coca-Cola Products Removed From Offices Right-wing Cultural Policy, Professional Sports, and State Economies – We’ve Seen This Before MORE (R) signed a broad electoral bill that tightened voting regulations in the state, including limiting the use of ballot boxes and establishing photo identification requirements for absentee voting.
The legislation also makes it a crime for people to give food or water to people in line, arguing that such provisions are a form of gift that should be prohibited.