Anaheim, Angels Stadium ready for All-Star close-up

Crews prepare field at Angels Stadium for All-Star Game.
Crews prepare field at Angels Stadium for All-Star Game.
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Angels Stadium and the city of Anaheim are preparing for their close-ups as Major League Baseball’s All-Star game approaches. League, team and city officials discussed those preparations today in the stadium’s media briefing room.

The All-Star Game logo is already looking down from the jumbo-tron. Ground crews painted All-Star game lettering on the in-field.

Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said police officers from many local, county and state agencies will be out in force, in uniform and undercover to keep the events safe. He said the city is expecting at least 100,000 extra visitors in the next week, but Anaheim is accustomed to working with large crowds.

"There are times when both the Angels and the Ducks are playing and so we’re used to simultaneous events during playoffs or during regular season," Welter said. "At the same time, the Grove can be hosting an event, a concert or other type of event. We expect large crowds and we are confident in our ability to handle them as we have in the past. "

The police and Major League Baseball have formed an Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force to crack down on sellers of tickets and merchandise without the required licenses and permits.

The police plan to close certain roads and freeway off-ramps for two events connected to the All-Star Game: the Charity 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, and the All-Star Game Red Carpet Show on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.