CLEVELAND — Ahead of festivities for the 2019 MLB All-Star Week, organizers are gave preview of what fans can expect when they step inside the Play Ball Park.
The MLB started laying out the groundwork for Cleveland to host Play Ball Park and the All-Star Game five years ago.
"You guys have great history, great players, great success,” said Jackie Secaira-Cotto with MLB Special Events.
On Friday, Play Ball Park opens at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and The Malls – it is the largest indoor/outdoor interactive baseball theme park in the world and features over 40 attractions in 600,000 square feet.
There's a 5K Color Run and an MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and All-Star Futures Doubleheader at Progressive Field.
One spot that sure to be popular with fans is the All-Star Clubhouse, where fans have the chance to interact with players one-on-one.
A favorite place for selfies and Instagram pics will certainly be the world’s largest baseball. It measures 12 feet in diameter and is 2,000 times larger than the ball used in the game.
For the first time ever, All-Star Week activities will take place outdoors.
"We're really hoping Mother Nature is a baseball fan,” Secaira-Cotto said. "This is a great setup -- all that green space right outside the convention center."
Outside is where you’ll find pitching and batter cages, a ball field, and the “Walk-Up Set List” – 80 players’ top songs for when they walk to the plate, helping to create a party vibe.
"We'll actually have a DJ here for all the five days of the event playing a mix of that walk-up music,” said Secaira-Cotto.
Technology is also playing a big part at Play Ball Park. You can take part in the Home Run Derby virtually.
You need a ticket to access the indoor portion of Play Ball Park, but we're told you are able to come and go throughout the day.