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Kauffman Stadium transforming into All-Star venue
There will be no shortage of fans in the seats for the All-Star game, either. There were only a few tickets still available early this week for All-Star Sunday, which includes the Futures Game and the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. The Home Run Derby and All-Star game are sold out.
How hot are tickets? Entire strips in the Diamond Club section behind home plate could be had through secondary markets on Tuesday afternoon for nearly $3,500 each.
The city and Major League Baseball are providing plenty of avenues for fans to get involved with the game, though, even if they don’t want to mortgage their house for tickets.
The festivities begin in earnest on Friday, when the MLB All-Star FanFest opens at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Fans will be able to get autographs from former players, participate in interactive exhibits and check out memorabilia and other baseball-themed attractions.
Hunt Auctions will be running a live auction and appraisal fair, and some of the highlights include a home run ball hit by Lou Gehrig during the 1928 World Series, and a circa-1920s bat used by Ty Cobb, both of which are expected to bring more than $100,000.
“Both the Lou Gehrig World Series Ball and the Ty Cobb bat have incredible significance with equally impressive provenance, two of the more amazing pieces I have seen in my 20 years working with vintage baseball items,” said Hunt Auctions president David Hunt.
Numerous charitable events also are planned over the weekend, including a build project with Habitat for Humanity, the renovation of youth baseball fields around Kansas City, and the MLB All-Star game Charity 5K and Fun Run through the Power and Light District.
“I think the hardest part of hosting it, and I’ve been involved in baseball for 34 years, is you really have to put your baseball season on hold for 10 days,” said Swanson, who has worked for the Rockies, Padres and Diamondbacks, but left each stop before they hosted the All-Star game.
“It’s been a pretty intense week,” he said, “but everything has really gone pretty smoothly.”
By Tammy Bruce
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