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Here's what the FBI is doing to protect fans during All-Star Game festivities

Posted: 6:49 PM, Jul 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-08 20:10:20-04
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CLEVELAND — During the All-Star Game festivities, 100,000 people are expected to visit Cleveland. People from across the country and around the globe have converged on Northeast Ohio.

But, plans to protect them started well before they arrived in town.

There are local, state and federal law enforcement officers protecting and serving during the five-day event. Officers from neighboring cities and from other areas of the country are here to help.

Cleveland has hosted several large-scale events. The Republican National Convention and the NBA Championship festivities have laid the ground work for a security plan that has been tested.

“When you have a large-scale event like this, it’s not just assets arrive, you have the event and then they leave. There is a large sort of underpinning of things that go on that the public typically doesn’t see that allows for a safe and enjoyable event,” said Special Agent in Charge of the Cleveland FBI Eric Smith.

There are police on bikes, on foot and on nearly every corner surrounding Play Ball Park. But, there are dozens of law enforcement working the event who will never be known to the public. For the All-Star Game events, roughly 100 FBI Agents from Cleveland and Washington, D.C have been deployed to help protect the events.

“SWAT Teams that are deployed within the city, at various locations throughout as a quick reaction force, as anti-sniper force. Then you have our bomb technicians, our bomb techs are out there, “said Smith.

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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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