CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After months of planning and weeks of round the clock preparations, All-Star week in Cincinnati proved to be exactly what the Reds and Major League Baseball intended it to be, a grand slam.
"It's about the experience and getting your team to shine in the national spotlight," said Reds COO Phil Castellini. "This city was on fire for a week."
The All-Star weekend, Sunday through Tuesday, drew 130, 904 fans to Great American Ball Park, the second highest number for a three-day event in GABP history. The 2012 National League Divisional Series still holds the record.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the work that was done," said Phil Castellini. "The city and the county bent over backwards to make it a great event. We got everything out of it we could've as a community. It was a $70 million dollar impact to the community. That's certainly a legacy worth leaving."
Most of the all-star signage around the city will now be taken down, except for the signs around the ball park, which will remain in place until the end of the season. The new shrubbery or "living wall" on Crosley Terrace is now a permanent fixture. There is a petition to keep the mustache on the Scripps building as a permanent staple of Cincinnati, but Castellini said that logistically would not make sense for the workers inside of the building.
"[The mustache] will come down pretty soon. It's blocking the views of the tenants on those levels. The stuff uptown will come down pretty quickly because it was a temporary ordinance provided by the city. The new scoreboard in right field, with the signage on the back of that board and the originally existing board will be a permanent fixture."
The 86th All-Star Game and Home Run Derby on FOX had the highest viewing audience since the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, CA.