DENVER (KDVR) — By all accounts, Denver pulled together a week of All-Star festivities on short notice that matched or exceeded expectations, but we want to hear from you!
What was the highlight of the weekend for you? Did you run into any problems? If you were to grade the city, the Rockies, Coors Field and Major League Baseball how did they do?
“Usually, a city knows two or three years in advance that they’re going to get the game, and here we knew in just a couple months. Very impressive work, I know a lot of people worked a lot of hours to get it done. But they pulled it off. Everything I’ve heard from my people around MLB, they’ve been impressed, so good going everybody,” Rockies Manager Bud Black said before the All-Star Game.
Viewers who attended the events generally shared the positivity.
“Denver has the most amazing fans!” Said Janine Breedlove.
We heard from you about the Hank Aaron tribute, “It left me in tears,” said George Wright.
One viewer told us using the light rail was convenient and others told us they felt secure.
“Police were helpful and inviting,” said Sharon Vigil.
The Denver Sports Commission gives the week two thumbs up which it bases partly on attendance.
“The projections and the numbers are still coming in, but the stadium events and the ballpark events that happened in the last few days were at capacity,” Executive Director Matthew Payne said.
Hotels also gave strong marks reporting high occupancy during the week, something they hadn’t seen coming until April when the announcement that the game was moving to Denver happened.
“To put all this together in three or four months was really outstanding,” said Greg Leonard from the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.
The biggest knock from fans was the overall cost. If you didn’t get tickets to the Home Run Derby or All-Star Game in the minutes before they sold out it cost several hundred dollars to buy them secondhand. Parking prices also skyrocketed at many lots near Coors Field.