2019 MLB All-Star Week puts Cleveland in the Spotlight
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Cleveland is in the middle of hosting MLB’s All-Star Week. The five-day event has featured concerts, the Celebrity Softball Game, a 5K, the Home Run Derby, and still to come is the big All-Star game. With all these events, Cleveland is expected to see more than just the 35,041 people Progressive Park holds.
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission President and CEO David Gilbert told Forbes, “We know people will split up and go to different events. Not everyone who attends the All-Star Game will also attend the Home Run Derby, Futures Game or celebrity softball game. There’s also the Red Carpet All-Star Parade. People will come to town just to be a baseball tourist even if they don’t have a ticket for the game.”
As you can imagine, this is going to be a big boost for Cleveland. The All-Star weekend is expected to produce an estimated $65 million alone. That’s a good return on Cleveland’s investment since, according to Forbes, hotel capacity has expanded from under 3,000 rooms to more than 5,000. Transportation has grown as well with downtown Cleveland now having a free trolley service and a light-rail route which links the airport to midtown.
MLB All-Star Week is the first of several high profile sporting events “The Land” will host. Next up is the NFL Draft in 2021, followed by the NBA All-Star game in 2022, and the NCAA Women’s Final Four in 2024.
“Our goal with every event we host is that the events rights-holder walks away feeling they had an experience here that was as good or better than any other place they’ve been,” Gilbert said.