News Cycle: All-Star City

All-Star Game, FanFest, San DiegoFanFest at the San Diego Convention Center
All-Star Game, Block Party, San Diego, downtown

All-Star Game Block Party

The All-Star Game festivities have brought crowds to downtown San Diego—smaller than the Comic-Con throngs but greater than, say, a Donald Trump rally (thankfully).

FanFest activities have pulled people into the convention center. Gwen Stefani and other artists performed on Embarcadero Park South, on the stage set up for the Summer Pops. And several streets outside Petco Park have been closed for a four-day block party.

A casual bike ride through the area showed people in booths testing how fast they can throw a baseball (one muscled dude hit 82 miles per hour). Budweiser set up a beer garden (in craft central?). And behind the convention center near the Hilton Bayfront, PlayBall Park was set up for home-run derby practice for the kiddos.

It’s festive. For a full lineup of All-Star Game activities, go HERE.


Gaslamp Tavern will serve a Best of the West all-star beer roster from Sunday, July 10, through Tuesday, July 12. The lineup includes: Alesmith San Diego Pale Ale .394, for the hometown Padres; Golden Road El Nitro, for the Los Angeles Dodgers; 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat for the San Francisco Giants; SanTan Mr. Pineapple for the Arizona Diamondbacks; and a Dale Pale Ale for the Colorado Rockies. The Best of the (NL) West beers will be priced at $7 each, and $18 per pitcher.


The Chargers aren’t yet into the preseason, but team ownership wishes it could be playing in the downtown area and getting All-Star-sized crowds (good luck, there). On July 15, The Spirit of the Barrio luncheon will feature guest speakers Fred Maas, special advisor to the Chargers. If you disagree with what impact the stadium proposal would have on East Village and Barrio Logan don’t throw loose tomatoes at the stage, please. MORE INFO


If you were used to getting three hours of free parking at Horton Plaza, get un-used to it. The downtown mall has changed its parking policy for the third time in three years. Now, you get one hour of free parking, no validation necessary. After that, it’s $8 an hour. A few mall tenants are a little more generous—you get two hours free with validation at 24 Hour Fitness and Jimbo’s, and three hours at the UA movie theater.


Speaking of Horton Plaza, one of the last original anchor tenants of the mall is packing up and leaving. Nordstrom department store’s last day is August 26. No word yet on what will go into that multi-level space.


Between January 2015 and May 2016 the SDPD issued more than 1,600 tickets to bicyclists. A majority of those tickets (657) were issued downtown, including 133 to pedicab drivers. The most common reason for a ticket: stopping/yielding issues. One biker was cited for having handlebars that were too high; another was caught texting while riding. San Diego Union-Tribune


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