Police planning heavy presence for All-Star Game festivities

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June 24, 2014 // UPDATED 3:30 pm - June 27, 2014
By: Sarah McKenzie
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges briefed reporters on the safety plan for All-Star Game festivities Tuesday afternoon near Peavey Plaza.
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Sarah McKenzie

Minneapolis and Metro Transit police officers will be stepping up downtown patrols by foot, bike and horse during All-Star Game festivities in mid-July.

Law enforcement leaders have been prepping for the All-Star Game and all the fanfare that goes along with it for the past year, said Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau, who held a press briefing Tuesday afternoon near Peavey Plaza with Mayor Betsy Hodges and Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington.

The strategy is to have more officers on the street rather than in squad cars, Harteau said, adding hundreds will be patrolling downtown.

Event organizers are anticipating a capacity crowd for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15. Target Field can accommodate 39,504 people.

In addition to the All-Star Game, there's a T-Mobile Fanfest at the Minneapolis Convention Center set for July 11–15, a Taco Bell All-Star Sunday double-header at Target Field on July 13, and a three-day block party planned July 13–15 in the Warehouse District.

"It's a great chance to showcase how great we are," Hodges said. 

An estimated 300,000 are expected to attend various All-Star Game events downtown, said Leah Wong, vice president of events and marketing for the Downtown Council. Another 100 million will watch or listen to events, she said.

The anticipated economic benefit to the city is projected at $75 million, Wong said.

"The MLB All-Star Game is a huge win for downtown Minneapolis," she said. "This event will shine a bright light on Minneapolis and provide an opportunity to showcase the assets of our amazing city to people worldwide."