Expectations high for All-Star Week

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July 10, 2014
By: Cassie Jones
Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter and other community leaders gathered outside of Target Field on Wednesday to discuss plans for All-Star Week.
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Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter said the team is eager to showcase Target Field and all that Minneapolis has to offer during All-Star Week during a press briefing outside the ballpark Wednesday. 

“One of the things that’s going to be great about this All-Star game is the urban nature of this site: the connections via transit, the walkability of our city, the intimacy, really, of our Downtown Minneapolis. And that will be a wonderful showcase, and I think, a difference maker relative to this All-Star Game,” St. Peter said. “Beyond that and in the same vein, is the sustainability platform of Target Field. That will be on an international stage, and I can tell you that’s something that we’re going to talk a lot about in the days to come.”

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said the city is ready for All-Star festivities, adding investments in transit and the Downtown Improvement District are going to be crucial to welcoming and assisting visitors throughout the weekend.

CEO of Meet Minneapolis Melvin Tennant said that Minneapolis should expect to have more than 160,000 visitors in the city over the course of All-Star Week, which kicks off Friday and leads up to the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Senior Vice President and General Counsel for MLB Ethan Orlinsky warned fans about the dangers of purchasing counterfeit merchandise and how to differentiate between real and fake.

“Working with the other leagues and the collegiate licensing company, we’ve worked in seizing about 10.8 million units of [counterfeit] merchandise over the last 20 years, and the value of all that is about $400,000 million, just to give you some context for the issue,” he said. 

To identify legitimate merchandise, Orlinsky said licensed products have a holographic sticker with the MLB logo, a unique alphanumeric combination that can only be associated with that specific product and raised red stitching. Licensed products also never bear cut-neck labels.

“As for tickets, quite frankly people have gotten very sophisticated, particularly with the print-at-home type of tickets, so our admonition is two-fold. One is make sure you’re only buying from people from whom you’ve purchased before, and buyer beware. Because if your experience is that you’ve been ripped off before, chances are people are going to try to do that again,” Orlinksy said.

Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson mentioned that there will be traffic closures and lane changes to accommodate the traffic downtown, but encourages people to be patient. St. Peter encouraged fans to arrive early. 

“Plan to arrive at the ballpark early, I will tell you; you won’t be disappointed in terms of the experience inside the ballpark,” St. Peter said.

Metro Transit has also announced additional service for All-Star Week. For details, click here

Some Northstar trains will make special trips to All-Star events between July 12 and 15 and extra Green and Blue light-rail line trains will also be in service as needed.  

Select Nicollet Mall buses will be providing free service to the T-Mobile All-Star Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center and some buses go to the Ramp B/ 5th Street Transit Center next to Target Field.

Some bus services will be affected by temporary road closures during the festivities. During the Red Carpet Parade, buses will be detoured from Nicollet Mall to Hennepin Avenue beginning the night of Monday, July 14 to Tuesday, July 15. Bus operations on 7th Street between Marquette Avenue and 10th Street North will also be affected by the parade. Additional detours will be in effect on Twins Way and near the convention center. For route-specific information visit https://www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts.

Discounted, round-trip family passes are available for purchase for Northstar and METRO lines. Commemorative All-Star Week Go-To cards with $20 stored fare value are also available.