By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
After two years of planning, the All-Star Game in Kansas City is finally here.
The parking lot opened at 10 a.m. Tuesday, meaning fans and workers got to Kauffman Stadium early for this big day.
It is going to be a long day of directing traffic for stadium worker Doug Hatch, but he is ready for it.
"Drink lots of water," Hatch said.
It is the same story for the bartenders working inside the K. It will be midnight tonight before they are done working the All-Star Game, but they also say it is worth it.
"It is pretty awesome. You get to meet a lot of cool people and see a lot if cool things going on. There is a lot of people in town that wouldn't otherwise be here," bartender Chris Smith said.
Baseball fan Nick Bromert was one of the first fans through the parking lot gate Tuesday morning. He says this day could not start soon enough.
"For us it is not just about the game, it is about enjoying the festivities, spending the whole day with lots of people and lots of stuff going on. I'm really looking forward to it," Bromert said.
Inside the stadium it was rehearsal time, as crews spent most of the day putting red, white and blue shirts on the seats.
"Every person in attendance tonight will have a colored shirt attached to their seat. It will be red, white or blue. Major League Baseball is asking that every fan put that shirt on at the appropriate time and wear them for about a half hour, the stadium should look like a flag," said Mike Swanson, the Royals' vice president of communications and broadcasting.
Gates to the stadium open at 3 p.m. Tuesday, and the American League will start taking batting practice at 3:45 p.m.
The Royals are urging fans to get to Kauffman Stadium as soon as they can.
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