Selig signs off on 2009 All-Star Game for St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Busch Stadium in St. Louis will host baseball's All-Star Game in 2009.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement Monday
night at the 49th annual dinner hosted by the St. Louis chapter of
the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"There can't be a better baseball town in America," Selig said.

The decision, which was expected, gives St. Louis its first
baseball All-Star Game since 1966. The old Busch Stadium hosted the
Midsummer Classic that year.

The new Busch Stadium opened last April, across the street from
the old Busch, and the Cardinals went on to win the World Series in
their first season in their new ballpark.

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said the 2009 All-Star Game
will help the team put the finishing touches on its new $365
million stadium. The team expects groundbreaking this summer on a "ballpark village," featuring shops and restaurants in the
adjacent lot where the old Busch Stadium sat.

"It really is a big deal for the Cardinals and St. Louis,"
DeWitt said. "It's been a long time for the city. This will cap
off our new park and by 2009 the ballpark village will be in great

The 2007 All-Star Game is scheduled for July 10 in San Francisco
and the 2008 event will be played at New York's Yankee
Stadium, which is slated to be in its final season, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Tuesday.

Back in October, during the NL Championship Series, Selig said
it was very likely that St. Louis would be granted the 2009

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.