Public gates to the ballpark will open at 2pm on Sunday and 4pm on both Monday and Tuesday.
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Want to follow and tweet your favorite All-Stars? Here’s a handy list of their Twitter handles. Happy following! And don’t forget, you can tweet @VisitKC or tweet with hashtag #KC if you have any questions, awesome pictures, or breaking news.
As you prepare to attend the events in #KC surrounding the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, the following resources are available to help you navigate the city. And don’t forget, you can always tweet us using @VisitKC or hashtag #KC. No Twitter? No problem! We’re also on Facebook and will be monitoring your questions and posts as well. http://www.facebook.com/VisitKC
Traffic & Street Closures
Please note: The following streets will be closed to accommodate outdoor activities and crowds:
- 13th Street (between Wyandotte and Central)
- 13th Street (from Central to Broadway)
- To facilitate traffic and drop-off, the intersection at 13th & Central will remain open.
- Several downtown streets will be closed on Sunday morning for the MLB All-Star Game Charity 5K Fun Run and on Tuesday in the Country Club Plaza for the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show parade. Click here to download a map of the routes.
For more information about Kansas City and MLB All-Star Events in #KC, visit VisitKC.com/Allstar or tweet us @VisitKC or hashtag #KC.
Q: How can I find things to do, where to eat, where to stay and get direction in Kansas City?
A. We have several great places for you to go online or on your mobile phone.
- On your computer: www.VisitKC.com/Allstar
- On your mobile phone: m.visitkc.com (VisitKC mobile site), VisitKC iPhone app
- Twitter & Social Media: Tweet us at @VisitKC and/or use hashtag #KC and our Social Media Command Center volunteers will be happy to assist you! You may even see your tweets and pictures on our Social Media Hub!
- In person: The KCCVA staff with operate a FanatiKC Info Booth at 13th & Central outside the KC Convention Center during the following hours:
- Friday, July 6: noon – 10 p.m.
- Saturday, July 7: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Sunday, July 8: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Monday, July 9: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 10: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Q: Where is the best place to park?
A: There are a variety of shuttles that will be offering service as well as designated parking garages in event areas.
- The following map can be used to locate parking Downtown and on the Country Club Plaza. Click to open map.
- Parade: Garages and lots will be open throughout the Country Club Plaza with the exception of the garage at Pennsylvania and Ward Parkway (garage will be in the middle of the parade route.) MAP: Garages with a P will be open for parking during the Red Carpet Parade.
- 5K: Downtown parking can be viewed on a map here.
- FanFest: FanFest Park and Ride will operate Friday – Tuesday. FanFest goers can park in the West Bottoms Garage and ride a shuttle to downtown. For more information please click here.
- FanatiKCs Fun Trolley: The FanatiKCs Fun Trolley will offer free transportation to MLB All-Star event locations and places of interest. Five trolleys will operate from Friday – Tuesday running on 15 minute intervals to 9 stops within Kansas City. View stops and route map.
- Stadium Shuttle. The KCATA is offering a Stadium Express to the sports complex for $15. Tickets will also be good on all regular Metro and MAX service on the same day. For more information please click here.
- Stadium Parking: Parking lots will open at the following times:
- Sunday: 9am
- Monday: 10am
- Tuesday: 10am
*Public gates to the ballpark will open at 2pm on Sunday and 4pm on both Monday and Tuesday.
Q: How much does parking cost?
A: Parking costs vary by location.
- Stadium Parking: Varies by day
- Sunday: $10 cars, $15 Oversized, $20 buses
- Monday & Tuesday: $25 for everyone
- FanFest Park & Ride: $3
- FanatiKCs Fun Trolley: Free
- Downtown Parking: Varies. All Power & Light District garages have $2 parking after 5pm Monday – Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday.
Q: Where are the best places to watch the game?
A: There are 5 official Community Watch Parties around Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10 beginning at 6pm. Watch parties include food, entertainment and admission is FREE.
- Crown Center
- Guadalupe Center (game televised in Spanish)
- 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District
- Kansas City Zoo
- Zona Rosa – Town Square
Curious who’s behind our #KC Social Command Center for All-Star Week? Why, these 40-some social media rock stars, of course. Kudos to all for their hard work and for being fantastic ambassadors for our city. -#KC
See pictures and find out more about each volunteer including where they hang out in #KC. Visit our tumblr.
Learn more about the SMCC and its mission here.
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MLB All-Star FanFest, the largest baseball fan event in the world, will visit Kansas City for the first time ever in 2012 as part of MLB All-Star Week.
The five-day event will transform the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall into a celebration that captures the thrills and excitement of Major League Baseball. MLB All-Star FanFest will feature interactive exhibits and attractions, Major League clinics and seminars, free autograph sessions with Royals legends and Hall of Famers, memorabilia and much more.
Dates: Friday, July 6 – Tuesday, July 10
Location: Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall – 301 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO, 64105
|Hours:(all times are local and subject to change)• Friday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Saturday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Monday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.|
Admission: Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under (children two and under are admitted free), senior citizens and military personnel. All MLB All-Star FanFest attractions are included with the price of admission. The only additional event costs are for concessions, memorabilia and merchandise.
Tickets: MLB All-Star FanFest tickets are on sale at the following locations:
• Via the official All-Star Web site of Major League Baseball (www.allstargame.com) • Via the Royals official Web site (royals.com/2012) or 29 other team websites • Royals Box Office at Kauffman Stadium • By Calling 1-888-FanFest (326-3378)
Tickets are sold on a timed-entry basis, so fans should order early to secure the date and time of their choice. Once inside the venue, fans can stay at MLB All-Star FanFest as long as they wish.
|• ‘The Diamond’ – Located at the center of MLB All-Star FanFest, this attraction features daily clinics and appearances by MLB players, managers and other experts. Past appearances have included Tony Gwynn, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken Jr. and David Wright and many other MLB greats. • ‘Legends Autograph Program’ – Gives the fans the opportunity to receive free autographs from Hall of Famers and MLB Legends. Players such as Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Ferguson Jenkins and Juan Marichal have signed for fans previously at MLB All-Star FanFest|
• ‘National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum’ – Take a stroll through baseball’s glorious past and experience the history of the national pastime with one of the largest collections of artifacts on loan from the ‘National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’ in Cooperstown
• ‘The Negro Leagues’ – A compelling visual journey back in time as ‘The Negro Leagues’ brings to life the heroic history of some of the game’s proudest and most talented players
|• ‘Hometown Heroes’ – ‘Hometown Heroes’ showcases the Kansas City Royals history, roots in the community and promise for the future • ‘World’s Largest Baseball’ – What better way to welcome families to the largest baseball fan-event in the world, than with the ‘World’s Largest Baseball?’ The signature white leather, red-laced ball measures 12 feet in diameter and features the signatures of baseball greats such as Hank Aaron, Rod Carew, Derek Jeter and Ozzie Smith.|
Kansas City has long been crazy about baseball!
Crowds in the 1880s were considered ‘fan-atical’
Back in the late 1800s, when America was first smitten by the tender young sport of “base-ball,” the enthusiastic crowds that came out to cheer major league nines like the Kansas City Cowboys and the St. Louis Browns were considered downright “fanatical.”
A colorful fellow by the name of Ted “Red” Sullivan, who coached and played for the notoriously rowdy KC Cowboys in 1884 and 1885, is said to have first referred (behind his hand) to the boisterous folks behind him in the stands as “fans” – short for “fanatics.”
A former college classmate and a long-time friend of baseball impresario Charles Comiskey, Sullivan would go on to build what we know today as baseball’s “farm system,” which he utilized to find and cultivate players for Comiskey’s White Sox, John Mcraw’s Giants and other major league squads.
KC Cowboys manager credited with coining the term ‘fan’
But it was while he was helping to fan the flames of baseball fever in Missouri – first in Kansas City and then in St. Louis in 1886 and 87 – that Sullivan is said to have coined the now ubiquitous term “fans” to describe avid followers of America’s favorite game.
Born in Ireland in the 1850’s and raised in Milwaukee, “Red” Sullivan was a senior member of the baseball team at little St. Mary’s College in St. Marys, Kansas, when he got to be pals with a younger teammate, Charlie Comiskey. Young Comiskey’s father had reportedly shipped the boy off to the remote Kansas college to learn a “useful” trade. Baseball was apparently not what the young man’s father, a Chicago politician, considered useful.
After leaving St. Marys and catching on as a player, coach and promoter with semi-pro ball teams in Iowa and Illinois, Sullivan turned up in Kansas City in 1884 tasked with slapping together a team to compete in the Union Association, a new league formed to compete with the more established American and National associations
Early players fanned the flames of baseball fever
Alternately referred to as the Unions, the Onions (they stunk) and the Cowboys, Kansas City’s squad finished dead last – behind the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds, the Pittsburgh Stogies and the Wilmington Quicksteps – in their first and only season in “the majors.” But Sullivan and his players had successfully fanned the flames of baseball fever at Cook’s pasture, the team’s 4,000 seat stadium at Summit and Southwest Boulevard.
Sullivan introduced and promoted such innovations as ladies nights and rain checks and his team finished the season in the black, making him a baseball man in demand for decades to come.
The Union Association went belly up, and by 1885, the Cowboys were relegated to “farm team” status in a new Western League. Still, a “fanatical” love of baseball had been firmly planted in the fertile soil of our old cowtown.
As Kansas City grew into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, bigger and more beautiful ballparks were built and filled. Millions of fans have enjoyed and agonized over their Blues, their Monarchs, their A’s, their T-Bones and their Royals. Dozens of All-Star and Hall of Fame players – Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Bo Jackson, George Brett and Satchel Paige, to name just a few – have worn the KC logo and dug their cleats into the hometown dirt first plowed by Red Sullivan and his Kansas City Cowboys.
When tourists think of Kansas City, they typically think Royals, BBQ and jazz. Adding to that list this year is…social media?
As the 2012 MLB All-Star Game host city, Kansas City will be attracting visitors from all over the country. Through a partnership of the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association (@VisitKC), Mayor Sly James(@MayorSlyJames), H&R Block (@HRBlock), Barkley (@barkleyus) and the Social Media Club of Kansas City(@smckc), Kansas City’s Social Media Command Center will lead the charge to use Twitter, Facebook, and other social media channels to welcome visitors and enhance their All-Star experience.
Stationed at H&R Block’s international headquarters at the Power & Light District, a team of volunteers from the Social Media Club of Kansas City will be available throughout the weekend to immediately respond to visitors’ questions and concerns via sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The Command Center will function as a virtual tour guide and concierge. Whether they want the best lunch spot for a salad, the trendiest place to shop or the cheapest bar to grab a beer, these experts will be able to instantly respond at the click of a mouse.
“As host to this summer’s All-Star game, Kansas City is looking to show the world that we are a center of creativity, both technical and artistic,” said Mayor Sly James. “We have some of the most talented people on the planet right here in our midst, and they are stepping up big time to help Kansas City put its best foot forward on the international stage.”
Social media channels provide a network of more convenient and accessible outlets for visitors to get answers from real people in real time. For the All-Star Game program, visitors are encouraged to tweet questions and comments using the #KC hashtag. Based on this programs’ success, Kansas City plans to use this system for other large events.