CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Crews are working around the clock, finishing up the last few tasks to ready the city to take the national stage as All-Star Week has arrived.
"We're going out to 220 countries all over the world in this three or four day event," said Reds CEO Bob Castellini.
The first time fans will really get the All-Star experience that opens at 9 a.m. Friday, culminating 9 days of work to get it all in working order.
"The batting cages are here. We have a great exhibit from Cooperstown from the National Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit. We have the Negro Leagues exhibit. We have the shop. There's just so many fun things to do," said Jackie Secaira-Cotto, MLB's Director of Special Events.
Add to that some rubbing elbows with the new school guys, and the old school legends.
"I know that there's some players that are going to make some appearances during the Fanfest. This game is about the interaction between the players and the fans. To be able to be out here and be part of it is nice," said baseball Hall of Fame member, Barry Larkin on Thursday.
Inside Great American Ball Park, crews spent Thursday painting logos on the field. Outside the stadium, preps are finishing up for a block party and a zipline that will traverse The Banks. The out-of-towners will get a nice greeting at CVG with musical performances and a warm greeting from plenty of All-Star signage.
"We are extremely proud to show people around the world what a great place our community is to live, work and play," said Castellini.
Part of that are projects all over the city that are designed to give back and leave a legacy once the crowds pack up and head home. Millions of dollars are going in to a handful of projects such as revitalizing ball fields around the region and helping with getting a new Boys and Girls Club up and running in Price Hill.
"Each year Major League Baseball and the host, we work together to select a number of projects that are going to leave a meaningful, and lasting legacy in the community," said Tom Brasuell, MLB's Vice President of Community Affairs.
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