MILWAUKEE – The Reds are pursuing an All-Star date for 2013, Karen Forgus, the club’s senior vice president of business operations, said on Monday.
“We’re pushing hard on it,” Forgus said. “We’re actively pursuing it.”
Forgus said the team’s desire to host an All-Star Game is one reason it sought the Civil Rights Game, which will be played June 20 against the Chicago White Sox at Great American Ball Park.
Henry Aaron, Muhammad Ali and Bill Cosby are scheduled to be in town that weekend to accept awards. President Obama has also been invited.
“We want to illustrate how great of a city Cincinnati is,” Forgus said.
She said hosting the Civil Rights Game will not preclude Cincinnati from an All-Star date.
The Reds last hosted the All-Star Game in 1988. The city has hosted four games in all.
The game alternates between American League and National League cities every year. St. Louis is hosting this year. With Arizona getting the next National League date in 2011, Cincinnati’s next three chances are 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Forgus said the team has done mock time lines to check the availability of venues such as Duke Energy Center as it targets prospective years.
She added that Bob Castellini, the Reds president and chief executive officer, is also lobbying MLB commissioner Bud Selig.
“If they come here, they’ll be the event in town,” Forgus said. “We can do things on both sides of the river. We’ll bring riverboats in. We’ll go all out.”