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Triple-A All-Star Festivities Bring Exposure To Reno

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When the Reno Aces moved to town back in 2009, hosting an All-Star game was one of the goals of the city.

In the team's fifth year, that goal is a reality.  

The All-Star Break kicks off Monday night with the Homerun Derby, featuring six of Triple-A's biggest sluggers, including Aces third baseman Matt Davidson.

There will also be other entertainment.

"Mutton Bustin', we've got a laser lights show, we've got representatives from the Air Races and Street Vibrations and Hot August Nights," Eric Edelstein, Aces Chief Executive Officer said. "So, it's really a best of Reno celebration."

Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game at Aces Ballpark will be the only professional baseball game played in the entire country, that day.

"We get a chance to show off in a way that's extremely unique and probably won't come back in this generation," Edelstein said.

The game will be televised across the country, putting Reno on the national stage.

"These kind of events bring fans to our community that otherwise wouldn't come to our community," Cadence Matijevich, Reno Assistant City Manager said. "It gives us exposure on a national level."

The festivities also bring players and their families from around the country, as well as baseball executives.

"It really is an opportunity to showcase the area to a lot of people who might not otherwise come to see us," Ben McDonald, RSCVA Communications Manager said.

Along with a possible boost in tourism, the All-Star break provides immediate entertainment to local baseball fans.

Aces Ballpark holds more than 9,000 fans and is expected to be sold out.

"It's going to be the biggest crowd that we've probably ever seen here, on Wednesday night," Edelstein said. "So, we've been spending a lot of extra time beefing up the ballpark to handle that."

"A lot of these guys are going to be playing in the Major Leagues before too long," McDonald said. "So, it's a great opportunity for people who live here to come out and see it because it's going to be awhile before they get it back. That's for sure."

Tonight's Homerun Derby also features a local competitor from McQueen High School. Kody Reynolds won a high school homerun derby to give him a chance to compete in front of the hometown crowd.

Written by Paul Nelson
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