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2015 MLB ALL-STAR SUMMER EVENTSFriday, July 10 - Tuesday, July 14T-Mobile All-Star FanFest at Duke Energy Convention CenterFriday-Monday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. ETTuesday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ETSaturday, July 11The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K, Presented by Nike, 9:00 a.m. ETBudweiser MLB All-Star Concert, part of the Pepsi Music Series at Paul Brown Stadium, 8:00 p.m. ET0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a54b0001Sunday, July 12All-Star Sunday at Great American Ball Park featuring:SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, 3:00 p.m. ETAll-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game(following Futures game)Sunday, July 12 - Tuesday, July 14MLB All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ETEast Freedom Way (between Joe Nuxhall Way and Rosa Parks St)Monday, July 13Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Great American Ball Parkfeaturing: Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, 8:00 p.m. ETTuesday, July 14All-Star Game Red Carpet ShowPresented by Chevrolet, 1:00 p.m. ET86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, 7:00 p.m. ETAll times subject to changeMETRO FAN SHUTTLE Ride the free Metro Fan Shuttle for the most convenient way to enjoy festivities throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, July 10-13.The Metro Fan Shuttle will provide free service to many of the events and activities taking place at Washington Park, Duke Energy Convention Center and Fountain Square during the four days leading up to the big game.The shuttle will run every 10 to 12 minutes according to the following schedule:• Friday, July 10: 7-10 p.m.• Saturday, July 11: noon – 10 p.m.• Sunday, July 12: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.• Monday, July 13: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.Look for specially marked bus stops at the following locations:• On 5th Street mid-block between Walnut and Main (Government Square Area E)• On Sycamore Street at 4th Street• On 4th Street at Race Street• On Elm Street at 6th Street• On Elm Street at 12th Street• On Race Street at 13th Street• On Race Street at 6th Street• On 5th Street at Elm Street DOWNTOWN STREET CLOSURESTuesday, July 149 a.m.The below streets will have restricted access, allowing cross traffic only. - 2nd Street- 3rd Street- Vine Street- Walnut Street11 a.m.The above streets will be closed completely - no cross traffic will be permitted. 4 p.m.All streets will reopen. Due to anticipated traffic, expect long delays. 0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a54a0003 There are 20 Cincinnati baseball-inspired mustache statues around the city. Each mustache resembles the handlebar style sported by Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs, and measures 8 feet wide, 2.5 feet high and weighs approximately 850 pounds.ALL-STAR LEGENDS & CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME ON JULY 12THThe All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game is a six-inning softball event featuring celebrities from TV, movies, music and more, plus MLB legends competing together.Celebrities Scheduled to Appear:Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg; “The Hunger Games” franchise star Josh Hutcherson; comedic actor and lead in the Fox animated series Golan the Insatiable Rob Riggle; star of the upcoming “Fantastic Four” Miles Teller; co-host of EXTRA and Fox Sports Live Charissa Thompson; ACM winner and platinum-selling country chart-topper Justin Moore; Cincinnati native Nick Lachey; Macklemore; Olympic Softball Gold Medalist Jennie Finch; Grammy nominated, multi-platinum artist and actress Jordin Sparks; ACM’s New Artist of the Year Award winner Cole Swindell; star of Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It Olivia Holt; Cincinnati native and Emmy Award-winning actor and director Chad Lowe; Head Football Coach at The Ohio State University Urban Meyer; plus Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team players Tim Horton and Todd Reed; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton; and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit.MLB Legends Scheduled to Appear:Cincinnati Reds legends Sean Casey, Paul O’Neill, Eric Davis and Aaron Boone; Baseball Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers and Ozzie Smith; and MLB legends Fred Lynn and Vlad Guerrero.Below is a brief, chronological schedule of MLB All-Star Week Community Activities:Wednesday, July 8th · 10:30 a.m. – Bank of America All-Star Youth Baseball Clinic with Boys & Girls Clubs at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy (Cincinnati, OH)· 3:00 p.m. – MLB Cincinnati Reds Howell All-Star Field (Dayton, OH)Thursday, July 9th · 12:00 p.m. – Queensgate All-Star Field Dedication with The Scotts Company (Cincinnati, OH)· 3:00 p.m. – P&G Cincinnati Zoo & Reds Community Fund Community Makeover: Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses, P&G All-Star Park and Dyer All-Star Fields (Cincinnati, OH)Friday, July 10th · 11:00 a.m. – Ron Oester Field at Withrow All-Star Complex (Cincinnati, OH)· 3:30 p.m. – Miracle League Game (Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH)· 6:30 p.m. – Don Johnson All-Star Field Dedication at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy (Cincinnati, OH)o Additionally, this event will serve as the Opening Ceremonies of the Jr. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) ClassicSaturday, July 11th · 9:00 a.m. – The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K presented by Nike (Downtown Cincinnati, OH)· 9:00 a.m. – TeamSmile Dental Screening Event, supported by Church & Dwight Co., Inc., maker of Arm & Hammer Dental Care products (U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club)· 12:30 p.m. – Jr. RBI Classic Community Service Event/The Giving Fields (Melbourne, Kentucky)· 2:00 p.m. – TVCA Veteran In-Processing (VIP) and Welcome Center (CityLink Center, Cincinnati, OH)· 5:30 p.m. – Make-A-Wish Welcome Reception (Hilton Netherland, Cincinnati, OH)Sunday, July 12th · 2:00 p.m. – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Waiting Room Unveil/Starlight Fun Center Donation (Cincinnati, OH)Monday, July 13th · 10:00 a.m. – MLB Cincinnati Meinken All-Star Field (Covington, KY)Tuesday, July 14th· 10:00 a.m. – Boys & Girls Club Activity Room Dedication, Sheakley Boys & Girls Club (Cincinnati, OH)

All-Star Game Publicity Could Last Beyond Weekend

Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU
The Cincinnati Reds have spent months putting new signs around Great American Ball Park, to give it a fresh look for the All-Star Game.

Cincinnati is hosting Major League Baseball's All-Star Game this month, and there's an enormous effort to make the region look as good as possible.  Millions of tourist dollars are at stake; and it's an opportunity the Reds, Cincinnati, and the region may not have again for a while. 

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected in Cincinnati for the All-Star Game, and millions more are likely to watch the game and festivities on TV.  So there's a sense of urgency to make sure the Tri-State looks as good as possible.

The Community Organizing Committee has instituted many of the visual cues around the area, like the wrapping of the Scripps Building to look like Reds' mascot, Mr. Redlegs, the projected Red Stocking player on Carew Tower, and 20 mustache-shaped benches.

Cincinnati Parks crews have planted flowers in the shape of the All-Star logo in Smale Riverfront Park, and contractors have been racing to finish building the rest of the park in time for the rush of visitors.

Julie Calvert with the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau says the hope is those who come for the home run derby, the game and everything else will want to return; and TV viewers will see Cincinnati and think "that looks like a good place for a vacation".

“We want people to come here, just get a taste of what we have and certainly, absolutely come back," Calvert says. "And there’s a lot of effort and campaigns that are out there now to do just that." 

Calvert, city leaders, and the Community Organizing Committee went to Minneapolis, last year's All-Star host city, but it wasn't to see the game.

“Minneapolis is a great city for us to go to, to learn about the event, how it operates, the flow, both from an outside marketing perspective, and how you engage your residents,” she says. 

Minneapolis started a twitter campaign, and put out statues to be more appealing, and Cincinnati has copied and adjusted ideas like those for the local market.

Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU
Illustrations, like this vintage Red Stocking player at 4th and Walnut, adorn numerous windows and storefronts for the All-Star Game.

Kristen Montag is Communication and PR Manager for Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Bureau.  She says they believe a lot of people who attended All-Star weekend were in Minneapolis for the first time, and they believe those people did more than just watch the game.

“We know that our restaurants were busy," Montag says. "We know our hotels were nearly full.  There were definitely other opportunities for people to get out and see more of the city than just the All-Star stuff that was going on, because there were obviously periods of time where they didn’t have a specific event that they had to attend.”

And there's the problem with tracking tourism: Montag says it's hard to tell for sure who is going where, and why.  But she's confident once people saw Minneapolis, they'd want to see it again. 

“I wish I had something real conclusive that I could show you shows that people do return,” Montag says.  “It’s all anecdotal at this point, but I do think that once your city has a big event like that, it’s a selling point; and it’s an awareness builder at the very least.”

Cincinnati's leaders are counting on that. 

Julie Calvert is patient.  She says the attention Cincinnati will get is about more than just looking good for one weekend. 

“This is about really Cincinnati’s showing off our revitalization that’s happened over the past several years in Downtown and across the region," Calvert says. “Sure, we’re going to have the eyes of the world again on Cincinnati for a concentrated period of time, but this is a much bigger play.”

All-Star Weekend is July 10th through the 14th.