Crews Restore Order After All-Star Game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Close to $60 million is being spent in Kansas City as part of the All-Star Game. The spending isn’t over. In the next 48 hours, workers will pack up and clear away items that were put up for the All-Star Game.
“Getting these tents down, getting everything reorganized and put back into boxes and on racks is a logistical nightmare almost.,” said Frank Donigan with All Seasons Event Rental.
Dongian is a project manager for All Seasons Event Rental which also sets up tents and displays at Nascar races and PGA events. He says the All-Star Game is not as big as some of those, but was handled well by the Royals and Kansas City.
That’s what the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association is learning as well. Rick Hughes says even though the game did not fill all 33,000 hotel rooms available in the metro area, the 26 convention planners that were in town for the game were impressed by the city’s performance.
“We had a social media command center that was really capturing a lot of the Tweets that were coming in on the city,” Hughes said. “How do you find this? Where do you go here? I think we looked at some 30,000, responded to 1,700 that had a need of some kind. I think that’s a good indicator we were looking at that over the last 5 days.”
There is some concern that because the game itself was a blow out, Kansas City may not have received the maximum media exposure possible. Still, as workers get the stadium back to normal, no one is going to complain about the outcome of an event that’s made nearly everyone associated with it proud.
The Royals next game is Friday night. Workers promise they will work as long as it takes to make sure the parking lot and stadium will be back to normal.
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