As All-Star Week opens, FanFest gives DC a closeup look at the game

WASHINGTON — Buildup for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Nationals Park is intensifying, with the All-Star FanFest now open at D.C.’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“Is this awesome or what? I can’t believe the size of this,” said Nationals owner Mark Lerner during the opening ceremonies Friday. Lerner added that he had been pressuring Major League Baseball to bring an All-Star Game to Washington since the team came into existence.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser presented a proclamation declaring this All-Star Week in Washington.

The event, which runs through Tuesday, offers fans a chance to get autographs from players and get their picture taken with the World Series trophy. There are indoor baseball diamonds for kids, as well as batting cages and virtual reality baseball experiences.  A Hall of Fame exhibit features 150 items from Cooperstown.

Single-day tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for children 12 and under. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are discounted for those over 65, college students, and members of the military.

See photos of some of the attractions and artifacts:

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