(Cuyahoga County) - The Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, managed by SMG, hosted Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL PARK July 5-9, the largest indoor and outdoor interactive baseball theme park in the world.
Held in the heart of downtown Cleveland, the PLAY BALL PARK fan experience was a part of the week-long celebration surrounding the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The indoor portion was hosted in the Convention Center Exhibit Halls, meeting rooms, and Grand Ballroom and the outdoor portion was hosted on the facility’s roof, Cleveland Malls B & C.
So, what does it take to host MLB PLAY BALL PARK? Here’s a look by the numbers…
500,000 (½ M) watts of power
294,000 pounds of rigging
149,513 fans attended PLAY BALL PARK, the most attended MLB fan festival in 10 years
45,387 prizes given away to fans at PLAY BALL PARK via the All-Star Experience Pass
24,000 fans attended two concerts on Mall B (Twenty-One Pilots and The Killers)
19,000 pounds, the weight of the massive LED wall centerpiece as fans entered PLAY BALL PARK
16,584 ounces of soft-serve ice cream
7,171 hot dogs
6,800 feet of truss was hung from the Convention Center rafters
2,488 bags of Utz potato chips
1,851 Cleveland Indians-themed Pretzels (beer cheese and Bertman’s Ballpark Mustard)
1,767 Chicago Cubs-themed Chicken Sandwiches (beer can chicken, spiced bacon, djonaise)
827 Cotton Candy treats
782 Miami Marlins-themed Nachos (lechon pork, avocado crema, cotija cheese)
746 LA Dodgers-themed Sausages (Al Pastor sausage, pineapple salsa, cilantro-lime crema)
673 Diamondbacks Reuben ‘Dirt on it Dog’ (mac&cheese, 1000 island dressing, scallions)
635 Parma Pierogis
522 White Sox Polish Platters (1/2-pound Kielbasa sausage, sauerkraut, pierogis, onions)
325 customized Huntington Convention Center All-Star jerseys worn by staff (photo attached)
283 chain motors
190-foot zip line constructed on Malls B and C
120 non-motorized points for sign handing
1.5 miles of cabling and extension cords
Dave Johnson of the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland says it appears PLAY BALL PARK was a big success, and once again established the fact that the city can manage major national events.
Johnson tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 more events are coming to Cleveland with the NFL Draft in 2021, and the NBA All-Star Game in 2022, and the NCAA Women's Final Four in 2024.
(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)
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