Representatives from the city, the team, and the league were on hand to make the formal announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
“Baseball’s Midsummer Classic will be held in Philadelphia for the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence and follows suit from 1976 when Veterans Stadium hosted the All-Star Game in the year of the nation’s bicentennial,” the MLB said in its announcement.
The 2026 game will mark the fifth time that the City of Philadelphia will host the event, including the first ever at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies’ home since 2004. Shibe Park staged the Midsummer Classic in 1943 (hosted by the Philadelphia Athletics) and 1952. In addition to 1976, Veterans Stadium was the site of the All-Star Game again in 1996.
“Major League Baseball is honored to have the 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia be part of the celebration of the 250th anniversary of American independence. This event will continue a tradition established in 1976 where the National Pastime plays an important role in a milestone for our country,” said Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr.
Several road closures were announced for Tuesday to accommodate the event:
Tuesday – April 16, 2019
Market Street, eastbound lanes, closed between 7th and 6th Streets from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
500 block of Market Street, both directions, closed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
6th Street closed between Arch Street and Ranstead Streets intermittently from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Traffic delays can be expected. Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event.
Double-parking is prohibited and will be strictly enforced on the 500 block of Market Street beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 through approximately 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
On-street parking will be prohibited on portions of 6th Street between Arch Street and Ranstead Street from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
All posted signs must be obeyed. Vehicles parked in posted areas will be relocated.
Due to associated road closures, SEPTA bus routes 17, 33, 38, and 44 will be detoured on Monday, April 15, 2019 and Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in the vicinity of the event. Detours will be posted and specific route changes will be made available on SEPTA’s System Status Page.
For public safety purposes, flying of drones or UAS in the area of 5th and Market during the event is prohibited.