All-Star preps in home stretch

All-Star preps heading into home stretch as game day approaches

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Preparations are in full swing around the city as Cincinnati readies to take baseball's biggest stage this weekend.

Everywhere you look there are friendly reminders that the big show is coming to town, and time is truly ticking until game day.

"Everybody has that bit of pride.  You carry it around with you.  You put in all the hard work and all the effort, you know, working 18 hour days a lot of times during the season," said Steve Lord who is the head groundskeeper for the Reds.

The hard work and long days are far from over even though there are just a few days to go.  Crews could be seen on Wednesday planting trees and sprucing up an area of Smale Riverfront Park, while other workers were planting trees along 2nd Street in large planters on the sidewalks.  City crews were placing barricades around the Duke Energy Convention Center in preparation for the T-Mobile All-Star FanFest.

"There's a lot of things that Public Services is part of that a lot of people don't recognize throughout the city.  That's why I say I'm proud of our crews," said Gregory Courtland, Operations Supervisor for the city of Cincinnati.
That pride is beaming city wide.

Buildings are wrapped in the mustache-clad logos and signature Reds colors. It's also shining among the hundreds of volunteers sharing their time to help visitors staying in hotels, flying into the airports and walking the streets.  Those volunteers had their marching orders delivered by leaders of the Community Organizing Committee on Wednesday.

"Everybody is going to have their best foot forward.  All of the volunteers will be on the same page and trained to showcase Cincinnati," said Sharry Addison with the Community Organizing Committee.

The stadium and field are also getting a facelift.  On Wednesday, new signage was going up in the dugouts and throughout the clubhouses, as well as improvements for player accommodations.  Crews at the ball park are working around the clock especially after rain dampened efforts to get logos painted on the field.

"Our crew has a myriad of other things we're working on this week.  Really, for the most part, we've just kind of shifted our attentions to something else.  We're going to try to take a shot at painting them tomorrow morning," Lord told FOX19 NOW.

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