Play Ball Park brings free, family fun to Denver's All-Star Game

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game comes to Denver on July 13, but it’s hardly the only event where fans can experience the excitement.

Play Ball Park, formerly known as MLB FanFest, brings the best of the ballpark to the Colorado Convention Center July 9-13. Best of all, it’s free to get in on the action.

If you go

Described as the “ultimate fan experience,” Play Ball Park is open July 9-11 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and July 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is free to attend, but requires a reservation. Complimentary tickets for a time-specific entry are now available at allstargame.com.

Those looking to do Play Ball Park like a pro can sign up for the All-Star Experience Pass, which allows fans to stand in virtual lines for autograph signings and photos, take part in scavenger hunts and be entered for a chance to win tickets to the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game at Coors Field.

This five-day, family-friendly event takes more than 400,000 square feet at the convention center and includes indoor batting cages, pitching tunnels and three baseball diamonds where players can hone their skills and have some fun. Streets around the convention center also will be reimagined as a baseball paradise where fans can swing for the fences at the MLB Home Run Derby activation.

Explore the history of one of America’s favorite pastimes with exhibits curated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and gawk at the World Series trophy among other MLB memorabilia. And keep your phone charged, as celebrity sightings and autograph signings will be in abundance. Team mascots are expected to be onsite, and the list of featured baseball and softball players, former all-stars, coaches and Olympians will be announced in the coming weeks.

Other attractions include shopping and video game competitions, according to a release.

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