Is All-Star FanFest affordable for families? - KMSP-TV

Is All-Star FanFest affordable for families?

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The MLB's All-Star Game and all the festivities leading up to it have drawn a lot of fanfare from those who herald the event as an economic boon for the Twin Cities, but a lot of that comes from fans paying top dollar. By Monday, it seemed like the FanFest fervor was already spent.

The Minneapolis Convention Center is all about baseball right now, but FanFest fun won't come cheap and ticket sales are already sluggish a day before the big game.

SCALPERS CAN'T SELL $5 FANFEST TICKETS

Although they usually go for $35 bucks a head, scalpers hoping to unload tickets to latecomers say they're having trouble moving the tickets at all. Even slashing the admission to $5 per person isn't enough of a lure, according to those who spoke with Fox 9 News.

MLB'S 'MONDAY MADNESS' DROPS TICKET PRICE TO $10

In an effort to increase attendance on a cool and gray Monday in Minneapolis, Major League Baseball slashed the FanFest ticket price at the box office to just $10 per person. The reduced price will also be available on Tuesday.

OFFICIAL ALL-STAR SWAG CAN BE A BUDGET FOUL

Families checking out FanFest to pick up some souvenirs may get some sticker-shock when they see how it all adds up at the register. If a family of four were to take home two jerseys, two baseball caps and two pennants, the total at check-out would be $310.

FINDING FREEBIES IS A TREASURE HUNT

Although looking at the exhibits and auction materials is free after admission is granted, it still took a while for Fox 9 News Reporter Jonathan Choe to find a few free treasures to take home at FanFest -- including the traditional foam finger.

On Monday, Forbes reported that even All-Star ticket prices have fallen by more than 30 percent since July 1, and there are hundreds of seats still available. StubHub still had more than 500 tickets priced from $171 for Monday night's Home Run Derby by 5 p.m. -- an hour after the gates at Target Field opened. More than 1,700 tickets starting at $237 were listed as available on StubHub for the main All-Star Game too.

For some fans, the experience is priceless no matter the cost. Yet, any ticket is still a considerable sum when considering a family of four could buy groceries for a week with that amount of cash, according to USDA estimates from 2013 that put weekly food purchases between $160 and $250.  

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