After 5 Days of All-Star Celebrations, Visitors Head Home

Updated: 07/16/2014 1:31 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 12:06 PM
By: Kate Renner

Five days of All-Star celebrations are now behind us, and it's time to say farewell to the 160,000 visitors who are now heading home.

To help end the All-Star week with a bang, dozens of bars in Minneapolis stayed open for a couple extra hours early Wednesday morning. All morning long, the cabs lined up outside downtown hotels.

Fortunately, revelers weren't too rowdy; Minneapolis police say there were no serious incidents all weekend long.

"We have been focused on a family-friendly All-Star week, and from a public safety standpoint it's been really good," Inspector Medaria Arradondo with the Minneapolis Police Department said. "We have not experienced any issues or problems associated with that."

The party kept going into the wee hours of the morning; 31 bars got a special permit to stay open until 4 a.m. Wednesday. KSTP caught up with some happy baseball fans who say Minneapolis put on a good show.

"This is a great town. If it wasn't for the winters, I'd love to live here," Phyllis Thick, who is visiting from Florida, said.

"Minneapolis is not used to this kind of crowd, and I think the crowd control was amazing," Minneapolis resident Jennifer Mercado said. "I was very impressed by that."

Minneapolis police won't be able to release exact number of arrests until tomorrow, but they say this was a good dry run for when the city hosts the Super Bowl in 2018.

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