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Triple-A All-Star Game gives Louisville national exposure

Louisville will be getting some national exposure Wednesday night when the Triple-A All-Star Game will be played at Slugger Field.

Wednesday night's All-Star Game at Slugger Field is another example of Louisville's reputation as a sports town.  Last week the city was featured on ESPN as part of the Title Town competition.

Jean and Howard Neal travelled 2200 miles to Louisville from Alberta, Canada to see Wednesday night's All-Star Game.  They are serious baseball fans who stood in line for more than an hour at Fanfest to get autographs from their favorite Pacific Coast League players.

However, most of the 13-14,000 people who will fill Slugger Field will come from around the region.  The city doesn't expect a huge economic impact from the All-Star Game.

Louisville Bats President Gary Ulmer says,"Now, this is mainly a way to say thank you to our existing fans.  So I would think that 80 to 90 percent would be just our local fans who are really excited about the game.  But clearly, there is regional interest and obviiously there is baseball people from all the Triple-A markets all over the country that will be here and they will bring some folks with them."

The game will be televised on ESPN-2.  The city hopes to make a good impression as a dynamic sports town.  Ulmer says, "To showcase Louisville, the game will be on national television, and I'm excited to have baseball executives from all over the country come to Louisville to not only see the ballpark, but probably more importantly to see our community and hopefully tell people this is a great place."

And Chris Poynter with the mayor's office says, "Also during the broadcast, the Visitors and Convention Bureau has bought two spots, one is going to be promoting Possibility City, our new branding campaign, and we're going to be introducing the country to Bourbon Country, which is our new urban bourbon trail."

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