MINNEAPOLIS -- We are just days away from All-Star activity in the Twin Cities. FanFest starts on Friday and that is the kickoff of the five-day long event that ends on Tuesday night with the MLB All Star Game. It's all hands on deck at the Twins, at the City and for fans to be ready in time.
"This is a multi-million dollar puzzle that a lot of people have worked on a long time to try to put it together," says Kevin Smith with the Twins.
The moment the Yankees rolled out of town, the trucks started rolling in for the All-Star Game. Broadcast media from around the globe will be in Minneapolis to cover the game and they're setting up shop just outside the stadium.
"There are hundreds of people who, over the course of the days and hours, that need access to the ballpark to be able to do their jobs. It's a 24/7 operation starting right about now," says Smith.
Not too far away is another beehive of activity. The mad-dash is on to make sure the convention center is converted into FanFest in time for Friday's opening.
"We have over 30 tractor-trailers full of fun stuff that is set up here," says Jackie Secaira-Cotto with MLB Special Events.
Major League Baseball, the Twins and the city seem prepared, but maybe your plans are not quite as polished. No problem. There are still tickets available to FanFest and to Sunday's Futures Game and Celebrity/Legends Soft Ball Game.
"What's nice about the Futures Game is you're really watching an All Star Game of the future. These are young players who will be the All-Stars, two, three, four years down the road," says Kevin Smith.
There are free things happening too, so you can have the All-Star experience, without the five-star price tag. You can watch both the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game on the big screen just outside the stadium at Target Field Station. Head to the Sponsor Zone which will on be Hennepin Avenue just across the street from Target Center. You can also take the kids down to the Red Carpet Parade on Nicollet Mall Tuesday.
"If you want to get up close and personal and see every single All Star that is in the game, all you've got to do is line up on the Nicollet Mall at 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon and you'll see everybody," says Smith.
He also has one more request for all of us -- and it's a necessary one.
"Everyone needs to go to church. If you don't go, go. If you do go, go more often, and pray for good weather," he says.
In all seriousness, if the game does have to be called for rain, they will be able to play on Wednesday. Not ideal, but doable.