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All-Star Week in Cleveland breaks records with Play Ball Park, viewership

Posted: 5:28 PM, Jul 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-12 17:50:57-04
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CLEVELAND — All-Star Week in Cleveland was as entertaining as it was record-breaking, according to statistics provided from Major League Baseball.

Play Ball Park, the interactive fan festival held at the Huntington Convention Center downtown, brought in the largest attendance for an MLB fan festival in the past 10 years with 149,513 attendees, MLB said in a press release.

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The Home Run Derby also broke records, thanks in part to Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. breaking records of his own. The event drew 2.6 million Canadian viewers, making it the most-watched derby in seven years and the second-most-watched in the network’s history, according to MLB.

Guerrero Jr. not only broke the record for most home runs in the first round with a jaw-dropping 29 and the record for most homers in a single derby with 91 after a round with three tiebreakers, but gained a whopping 62,000 Instagram followers for his performance, MLB recorded.

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 08: Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians speaks with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Progressive Field on July 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

When all was said and done, 24.1 million people reported that they tuned in for all or part of the All-Star game or Home Run Derby in Cleveland, showcasing the city to more than 60 times the population of Cleveland itself.

The event was groundbreaking for the league, but also for the city of Cleveland, as proved its worth as a hub for events such as All-Star Week to the rest of the world.

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A member of the grounds crew paints All-Star Game 2019 at Progressive Field, Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Cleveland. The 90th baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 9 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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MLB All-Star Week Schedule

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Friday, July 5

10 a.m.: Play Ball Park opens. The interactive baseball theme park will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day of All-Star Week

6 p.m.: Gates open for the All-Star Concert Series featuring Twenty One Pilots

8 p.m.: Twenty One Pilots concert begins

Saturday, July 6

6 p.m.: Gates open for the All-Star Concert Series featuring The Killers

8 p.m.: The Killers concert begins

Sunday, July 7

8 a.m.: The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K begins – time subject to change.

3 p.m. Gates open for the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and All-Star Futures Game doubleheader at Progressive Field. Double-header will feature performances by Welshly Arms and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Following the games is the All-Star Rock 'n' Blast, a fireworks and multimedia show.

Monday, July 8

All-Star Workout Day

8 p.m. The T-Mobile Home Run Derby begins.

Tuesday, July 9

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. The All-Star Parade begins.

7:30 p.m. The 90th annual Midsummer Classic MLB All-Star Game, presented by Mastercard begins at Progressive Field.

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