DC, Nats gear up for 2018 All-Star Game

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, left, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, right, unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo at a baseball news conference to unveil the logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, left, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, right, unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo at a baseball news conference to unveil the logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Muriel Bowser, left, Mayor of the District of Columbia, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, right, react at a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Muriel Bowser, left, Mayor of the District of Columbia, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, right, react at a baseball news conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
The 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo is displayed after a baseball press conference to unveil the logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo is displayed after a baseball news conference to unveil the logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
From right to left, Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia; Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, and manager Dusty Baker during a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
From right to left, Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia; Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, and manager Dusty Baker during a baseball news conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer speaks during a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer speaks during a baseball news conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper speaks at a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper speaks at a baseball news conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (AP/Nick Wass)
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Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, left, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, right, unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo at a baseball news conference to unveil the logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Muriel Bowser, left, Mayor of the District of Columbia, and Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, right, react at a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo is displayed after a baseball press conference to unveil the logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
From right to left, Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia; Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Daniel Murphy, and manager Dusty Baker during a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer speaks during a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper speaks at a baseball press conference to unveil the 2018 MLB All-Star Game logo, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON — The next Major League Baseball All-Star Game is a full year away, but D.C. officials, along with the Washington Nationals, are already gearing up to host the Midsummer Classic.

The game and all its festivities, including the Home Run Derby, will be held at Nationals Park in July of 2018.

The last time baseball’s All-Star Game was played in the District was 1969.

“We expect to fill up our hotel rooms and our restaurants,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “People will come to the city for days in advance and probably for days after that.”

Bowser attended an event Wednesday along with a group of Nationals all-stars and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, unveiling the logo for D.C.’s game. It is red, white and blue with stars and features the U.S. Capitol dome.

“There’s no better stage for D.C. to kind of show this new stadium we have, the area surrounding it and this awesome fan base that has grown with us than the All-Star Game,” said Nationals all-star Ryan Zimmerman. “I can’t think of a better city to showcase it than this one.”

According to figures from the tourism group Destination DC, visitor spending will add up to tens of millions of dollars.

“It impacts every facet of our city from hotels to restaurants, attractions, retail and transportation,” said Melissa Riley, the group’s vice president of sales and services. “The game actually means between $50 and $60 million in visitor spending to the District.”

Gameday alone would generate $34 million, according to the group. The rest of the money is expected to come during weeklong festivities.

The event, in particular, will be an economic jolt for Ward 6, which includes Navy Yard and Nationals Park.

“It can have a huge impact,” Bowser said.

The mayor indicated that transportation adjustments, such as extending the hours of Metro, would be made to accommodate the large crowds.


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