Festivities for the 2014 All-Star Game in Full Swing

Created: 07/13/2014 2:12 PM

(KSTP) -- Festivities leading up to the 2014 All-Star Game are in full swing. There are a lot of other events to enjoy in addition to the All-Star Game itself, which is on Tuesday.

FanFest opened Friday at the Minneapolis Convention Center. It's a massive interactive baseball theme park, featuring a clubhouse, dugout, diamond and demo zones. Fans can experience what it's like to be a Major League Baseball player and even meet past and present baseball legends. FanFest will be open through the night of the All-Star Game. Tickets are available now. See a map of FanFest here.

The musical group Imagine Dragons, along with Atmosphere, rocked TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday during the free All-Star Concert. All of the free tickets had been claimed for the event well in advance.

Target Field was packed with thousands of runners covered in colored powder Sunday, July 13, for the Color Run MLB All-Star 5K. The first races started at 8:30 a.m. 

After the Color Run, there's a big Summer Pepsi Block Party on Sixth Street at First Avenue in Minneapolis. It starts at noon and goes until 7 p.m.

Monday, July 14, is the day to watch your favorite baseball players participate including the Twins' Brian Dozier in the Gillette Home Run Derby. Target Field gates open at 4 p.m., and it starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are pricey, but there are some still available.

The 85th MLB All-Star Game is Tuesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. Buy your tickets to watch the Twins' catcher Kurt Suzuki and pitcher Glen Perkins represent the American League.

There will be a Red Carpet Show along Nicollet Mall ahead of the game at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

As part of the All-Star FanFest activities, the Twins are introducing the first mobile eye clinic in the region, called the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile. The clinic is named after the legendary Twins slugger, who suffered from glaucoma in his final years. The clinic has two fully-equipped exam rooms on board and is described as an eye doctor’s office on wheels. It’s owned and operated by Phillips Eye Institution, which is part of Allina Health.

These All-Star events will cause some traffic headaches and detours around Minneapolis. Here are some of the closures to watch out for:

  • Sixth Street North, from First Avenue North to Hennepin Avenue: Closed 9 a.m. Friday through Tuesday.
  • South and east side of Grant Street East and Second Avenue South, from Marquette Avenue to 12th Street South: Closed 12:01 a.m. Friday through Tuesday.
  • Fourth Avenue South, between Fourth Street South and Fifth Street South: Closed 8 a.m. Sunday through Tuesday.
  • Twins Way, from Royalston Avenue to Seventh Street North: Closed from noon Sunday through Tuesday.
  • Nicollet Mall from Alice Rainville Place to Sixth Street South: Closed from 10 p.m. Monday to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Seventh Street, from Marquette Avenue to 10th Street North: Closed from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Fifth Street North, from Fifth Avenue North to Third Avenue North: Closed from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • West River Parkway, from Fourth Avenue North to 13th Avenue South: Closed 7 p.m. Monday to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Second Street South, from Portland Avenue to 11th Avenue South: Closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Third Avenue North ramp to Interstate 394: Closed intermittently Sunday through Tuesday.

Metro Transit is providing extra service July 12-15, including running extra light-rail trains along the METRO Blue and Green lines, to help people get to the festivities. There will also be some free buses running throughout the city.

Festivities leading up to the 2014 All-Star Game are in full swing. There are a lot of other events to enjoy in addition to the All-Star Game itself, which is on Tuesday.