MLB All-Star game means big bucks for Phoenix

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by Tyler Baldwin

azfamily.com

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 11:52 AM

PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks spent the first several weeks of the season re-painting and sprucing up the roof of Chase Field in preparation for All-Star Weekend. However, Mother Nature had different plans as Tuesday’s dust storm left the roof covered in dirt.

A Diamondback’s spokesperson told 3TV they're not going to bother cleaning it, they're just hoping for rain!
In the meantime, you can guarantee fans will come storming this way for the All-Star festivities and that means a big boost to the downtown economy.
 
Steven Sigler is excited. He was able to score a pair of tickets to the Homerun Derby off Craigslist. He has a friend flying in town for the game.
 
“I am pretty stoked about it!” Stigler said. “When I found out we were going to have it here. I was like, alright, Craigslist is my best friend right now.”
 
Steven and his buddy are just two of the 130,000 people expected for the different games Sunday through Tuesday.
 
Another 120,000 will likely hit up Al-Star Fan Fest at the Phoenix Convention Center during the five days the event is up and running. Baseball fans will be able to check out one of the Diamondback's World Series rings up close. Kids (and parents) can try to steal a base for a taco.
 
There is even a real life wedding scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
 
The actual All-Star game is sold-out as 47,000 fans will pack Chase Field on Tuesday. Tickets are still available for the Homerun Derby on Monday.
 
Its believed All-Star weekend will have a direct economic impact of $67 million on downtown Phoenix. Already, people have booked 16,000 hotel rooms.
 
At Majerle's Sports Grill, they are doing what they can to get ready for that influx of fans.
 
“We will have tons of girls working every night,” said Nikki Rettelle. “We are all raring to go! This is a great opportunity for all of us especially in the middle of the summer.” 
 
Cooper’stown is also preparing for one of the busiest weeks of the year. On a normal busy night they might have 35 people working at the restaurant. But, we are told, for All-Star weekend they have close to 50 working every evening.

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