All-Star Game Goes Green

Jul 10, 2015

All-Star organizers want visitors to 'go green' by walking along the green line between FanFest and GABP.
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Tens of thousands of visitors will be in Cincinnati for All-Star Game activities starting Friday.  Along with having fun, they'll be creating trash, but plans are in the works to recycle as much as possible.

"We actually have green teams, 60 college students from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Minnesota, passing through the aisles (at the game) to collect bottles and cans," said Patrick Hanlon Director of Facilities and Operations for Major League Baseball. 

Here's a map of the path.
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MLB is also painting a green line on the sidewalk between FanFest at the convention center and Great American Ball Park to encourage walking rather than driving between the two.  The line will also fork off into Newport and Covington to direct visitors from there.

The All-Star Walking Path made its debut last year in Minneapolis to try to encourage people to conserve energy.  "We had a lot less cars on the roads and a lot more folks walking," Hanlon said. 

Crews will touch up the line every night and then remove it after the All-Star Game is over. 

Not only will you see green, but there will be a long red carpet for a parade of All-Stars to drive on along Fifth, Vine, Walnut and Second streets.  The vehicles will travel on 3,450 feet of linear red carpet. Hanlon points out it will be made from 100 percent recycled fiber and will also be recycled after the game.

This year food vendors will also recycle leftovers. The uneaten food will be donated to feed local community members in need through the Freestore Foodbank. 

Hanlon says MLB will also offset energy and water used during the three days of activities at the ball park by purchasing renewable energy credits