Reason #2: City Support And Vaccination
Shortly after the announcement that MLB would move the All Star Game, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett formally asked MLB to consider Milwaukee and he pledged this office’s full support for whatever events and festivities they needed.
That’s a key step.
To pull off such a task in a very short amount of time to schedule, plan, and execute a bigger All Star Week than MLB has ever attempted before, they would need some help from local government to get the facilities, traffic patterns, infrastructure, etc. needed. The mayor is already in support of the effort, so put a check mark next to that box.
A venue such as the Wisconsin Center could hold a bunch of the non-baseball facilities, including the MLB Draft. With plenty of parking structures nearby and plenty of hotels to house the influx of guests to the city, there shouldn’t be any concern about the city’s ability to handle the load.
Another positive step is the high vaccination rates in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the leading state in the country when it comes to using their vaccine supply and every person aged 16 and up is now going to be eligible to receive it. By the time we get to July, when the All Star Game is, things should be back to 100% capacity.
That will also be key for MLB as they’re also going to want to make as much money as possible this year. They lost the All Star Game and a bunch of money last year and they won’t want limited capacity seating for the big week. Right now, American Family Field is at 25% capacity, but that’s just for the first month. That could jump up quickly if the vaccination rates are any indication.
With the city’s full support, they will likely approve 100% capacity at all these events by the time it comes to July and they’ll have plenty of reason to. Getting the maximum capacity, and therefore maximum earning potential, is going to be a big deal for MLB.