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FanFest draws baseball fans from all across for All-Star game


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WEAU) -- Baseball fans rejoice! The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities return to Minneapolis for the first time since 1985.

The game takes place on Tuesday, but until then the Minneapolis Convention Center, is the place to be.

There are opportunities to check out the merchandise, possibly meet your favorite players, and of course, play some ball.

Bill Elliott from San Diego California says FanFest means a lot to him.

Elliott says, “For me it's building memories, I've done the FanFest and the All-Star festivities for several years, it's a big deal for me. There’s the opportunity to meet with people but also kind of bond and get the love of baseball. It builds the love you know. You get here and you just feel the energy and you just get excited you see all these other people excited."

Attraction manager, Taylor Nevin from Chippewa falls says baseball fans from all over the country are gathering at the All-Star FanFest in Minneapolis. Nevin says, "There are people from Hawaii, Colorado, everywhere. Sports fans are coming from everywhere for this baseball event, so it's awesome."

Fans are joining together to share their love of the game, although Josh Gamer from says he’s in it for his favorite team.

“We don't like anyone here who doesn't have a Brewers jersey on,” said Garner, so it may just be joining together for the love of their team.

MLB director of special events Jacqueline Secaira-Cotto says it's a once in a lifetime event.

We're celebrating baseball here it's very much so a family event so i think it's important for the communities to come out and celebrate together,” said Secaira-Cotto.

Attraction manager, Taylor Nevin from Chippewa Falls says the event has something for everyone.

"One of the big ones is the world's largest baseball. I feel like that's kind of a big one to get a picture with and stuff but activity wise, either this one to see how fast you can throw or the steal a base,” said Nevin. “The Taco Bell one, it's kind of fun. You just pick a player and watch them sprint and see if you would be safe as well.”

But no matter what draws you in, it’s all about the love of baseball.

"Just seeing all the baseball stuff, seeing all the history, it's fun,” said Trent Moss who made his way to FanFest from Altoona.

There is still plenty of time to attend FanFest and take advantage of all it has to offer. It runs up until the game on Tuesday night.

Tickets for FanFest can be grabbed for just $10 over the next two days.


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