The Mets, Major League Baseball and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday at City Hall some of the highlight events to take place during All-Star Week. The official ballot for the game, which will occur July 16 at Citi Field in Flushing, also was unveiled.
"Baseball is in the blood of New Yorkers. If I had a vote, I'd have the All-Star game here every year. I think that New York deserves that," said Mets third baseman David Wright, the official spokesperson for the All-Star FanFest. "New York has the most passionate and greatest fans, and I've been very fortunate to be in six All-Star games, but I'd gladly trade all six of those games to participate in this year's."
"Getting a little taste of what an All-Star game is like in New York, playing in the Bronx a few years ago, it's just revved up. It's above and beyond. No offense to other All-Star Game hosts but there's nothing that's comparable to playing an All-Star game in New York. Hopefully, I'm lucky enough and fortunate enough to participate in this one. But it's going to be a great show."
One of the premier events will be the Red Carpet Show, as the All-Stars travel down 42nd St. before the game. It begins at Bryant Park and ends at the block between Second and Third avenues. It is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. MLB and the Mets also announced that they plan to donate more than $4 million to MLB All-Star projects, including Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
All-Star week begins July 12 with the All-Star FanFest. MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan added there will be New York-centric events during the week, but information about those events has not been released yet.
Bloomberg said the All-Star Game will boost the economy, and validates that New York City is the sports capital of the United States. The mayor also cited the upcoming Super Bowl and NBA All-Star Game, as well as the construction of new stadiums and arenas in the region.
"We also know the All-Star game and the events surrounding it are going to be an economic grand slam for our city," Bloomberg said. "We expect them to have, something like, a $191 million impact on our economy. More than 176,000 participants, reporters and fans will flock to our city. The game will also put New York City in front of a world-wide television and internet audience in excess of 30 million. That's the type of positive media exposure that money just can't buy. We are looking forward to teaming up with the Mets and Major League Baseball to make this an All-Star week to remember."
The Mayor also said he's not worried about security.
"We have the best police department in the world. We know what to do. I can't guarantee a thousand percent accuracy that everybody's going to be safe. We all know we live in a complex, difficult, dangerous world," Bloomberg said. "But if I were going to go to a major event, I would rather go to a major event in New York City, knowing that we have the NYPD providing security."