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Cincinnati prepares for 2015 MLB All Star Game

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

As we follow our Reds All Stars in Minneapolis, we are also watching how the city handles the All Star game and all of its events in preparation for next year.

To prepare for the 2015 MLB All Star Game, the Reds sent more than 30 staff members from all departments to observe how the Twins organization is involved in running the event. 

Additionally, the city and county sent 30 people, including the interim city manager, as well as fire and police representatives.

Beyond preparing to handle the week of events, the Reds, MLB, and the Reds Community Fund are identifying potential recipients of the "Legacy Projects." A big part of All Star Week is about dedicating projects that benefit local and national charities. Projects usually include youth fields, and often the Boys and Girls Club, a national partner with MLB.

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit Cincinnati during the week of the All Star Game, and Cincinnati USA staff say the city is ready.

The crowd is a similar size to that of the World Choir Games. In preparation, the stadium will get a few minor upgrades, but the city will see some projects around town completed as well. Smale Riverfront Park will be complete in time for the game with the addition of a carousel and new playground. 

There was some confusion earlier in the year, but the streetcar will not be compete. Neither will a hotel at The Banks, but many of the hotels in the area have been upgrading over the last couple of months to keep up with new competition. 

When everyone returns from Minneapolis, it will be all hands on deck to prepare for Cincinnati's big show. 

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