Kansas City will host the 2012 All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday evening what many in the baseball world have known for months, if not years. 

As Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports, the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium will host the All-Star Game in 2012.

It has been 39 years since the Mid-Season Classic was last held in Kansas City and the region is expecting nearly $60-$65 million in overall financial impact.  St. Louis had the 2009 game and saw a $60 million impact.  Anaheim is hosting this year’s All-Star Game and the event will travel to Phoenix in 2011. 

With some of the country’s best food and a criminally underrated stadium, Kansas City should have a blast hosting baseball’s elite athletes, as well as the throngs of media members that follow the game.  Hopefully the Royals will send someone other than Zack Greinke to represent what truly is one of the United States’ great towns.