Take me out to the ballgame
Fest appeals to fans of all ages
Monday, June 22, 2009
Baseball fans can head south this month for the largest interactive baseball fest around. The Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest will take place in St. Louis, July 10-14, and will encompass 450,000 square feet of baseball interactives.
"This is an event where you don’t have to be a baseball fan, but if you are, it is quite heavenly," says Jackie Secaira-Cotto, director of special events at Major League Baseball. The interactive games let visitors face a life-size image of a major league pitcher of their choice. An actual baseball comes out of the video and lets kids practice their swing against the all-star. There’s also a major league batter that kids can attempt to strike out.
Younger kids will enjoy the rookie league, where they can practice hitting off a tee and fielding. Parents and kids of all ages can practice fielding at the mini-baseball stadium, while also attending programs and clinics related to baseball. There’s also a Cooperstown exhibit with artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The indoor fest is held at America’s Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, Mo., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Monday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday. Best days for families are Friday, Monday and Tuesday and the fest is appropriate for all ages, Secaira-Cotto says.
Tickets are $30 per day, $25 for kids. For more information, visit www.allstargame.com or call (888) FAN-FEST.
For information about places to stay while in St. Louis, visit www.explorestlouis.com.