MINNEAPOLIS, Minn -- The All-Star Game is expected to draw an estimated 160,000 visitors, and baseball fans from around the country poured into downtown Minneapolis for the All-Star week festivities.
"Minneapolis is great, love it. We are staying out at the Mall of America. You take light rail in, drops you off at the stadium, get on it, drops back off across the street from the hotel, it's great," said Troy Mason, a Cincinnati Reds fan who came all the way from Ohio for a father daughter weekend.
Becky Shirk and her son Phillip Shirk are Yankees fans who traveled from Waterloo, Iowa.
"Tonight I want to see some home runs hit all night and some deep balls you don't get to see every day. I guess it will be an experience some of the best players in the game out there, hitting it as hard as they can," said Phillip Shirk.
Many visitors flocked to the All-Star Summer Block Party, complete with food trucks, music, a beer garden, a memorabilia store, and a chance to see the Budweiser Clydesdale horses on display.
"Impressed with how much there is to do outside of the ballpark," said Peter Nagel, a Brewers fan who came from Wisconsin with his girlfriend, Megan Kruze, who is a die-hard Twins fan. But both agree Minneapolis rolled out the welcome mat for visitors.
"I think it's incredible I love it, love that we have been able to walk everywhere," said Megan Kruze.
Meet Minneapolis estimates visitors will bring in $75 million dollars to the local economy.