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Mayor Bowser Addresses District Preparation for MLB All-Star Game Festivities

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
MLB All-Star Game Returns to the Sports Capital for the First Time in Nearly 50 Years

(WASHINGTON, DC) –Mayor Muriel Bowser today hosted a press conference on the District’s preparation for the MLB All-Star Game festivities, including the All-Star Fan Fests at the Walter Washington Convention Center, the All-Star events at the Nationals Park complex, and the 2018 MLB All-Star Color Run 5K.

“It’s a big summer for sports fans in Washington, DC. As always, throughout the All-Star Week festivities, our goal is to ensure the safety of residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bowser. “From a successful Stanley Cup Final and victory parade to the recent opening of Audi Field to the 89th MLB All Star Game, this summer is all about demonstrating the passion and excitement that makes Washington, DC the sports capital. Let’s stay safe, have fun, and play ball!”

To keep the public informed during All-Star week, the Bowser Administration launched sportscapital.dc.gov, the official home for residents and visitors to stay up to date on weather, parking restrictions, accessible transit options, stadium special event zone permits, and city services. The Metropolitan Police Department will also increase onsite staffing and coordinate with the District Department of Transportation and federal partners to ensure safety across the District.

“DC is host to multiple large scale events on an annual basis,” said Chief of Police, Peter Newsham. “The Metropolitan Police Department is prepared to facilitate a safe and memorable All-Star week for all those participating.”

“DDOT has mobilized across the agency to meet Mayor Bowser’s goal to keep visitors safe and our transportation network moving for all of the events during All Star Week," said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. "Visitors will be directed by thousands of new wayfinding signs, and supported by 300 staff members, all committed to making this All Star week truly memorable."

Ensuring effective communication across the District, the Bowser Administration will activate HSEMA’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. in support of MLB planned activities and events. Residents and visitors will be able to receive important and emergency information from HSEMA by texting “DCSports” to 888-777. Anyone experiencing an emergency should call 911, and residents seeking non-emergency city services should continue to call 311.

Road Closures:

Sports Capital Week activities conclude Tuesday, July 17. Please carefully review road closures as some closures are extended to Wednesday, July 18 to accommodate event tear down and clean up. A collaborative effort between DC agencies, and local and federal partners, the following roads will be closed and off limits to vehicles:

2018 MLB All-Star Fan Fest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Closed approximately from 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8 – Wednesday, July 18, until 12:00 p.m.:

  • L Street, NW from 7th Street, NW to 9th Street, NW

The following Emergency No Parking will be in effect from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 18, until 12:00 p.m.:

  • 7th Street, NW from Mt. Vernon Place, NW to N Street, NW
  • 9th Street, NW from Mt. Vernon Place, NW to N Street, NW

2018 MLB All-Star Events at the Nationals Park Complex

Closed approximately from 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018 – Wednesday, July 18, until 6:00 am:

  • First Street, SE from M Street, SE to Potomac Avenue, SE – Southbound Traffic Only
  • Potomac Avenue, SE from First Street, SE to South Capitol Street, SE – Westbound Traffic Only
  • Van Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • Half Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • N Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to New Jersey Avenue, SE
  • N Place, SE from First Street, SE to the DC Water Facility Entrance Gate

Local residents with issued DDOT placards, MLB All-Star attendee with parking garage passes, MLB All-Star official vehicles, and verifiable business deliveries will be permitted to enter the complex at First and M Streets, SE only.

The following street(s) will have Emergency No Parking in effect from 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 12 – Wednesday, July 18, until 6:00 a.m.:

  • First Street, SE from M Street, SE to Potomac Avenue, SE
  • Potomac Avenue, SE from First Street, SE to South Capitol Street, SE
  • Van Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • Half Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • N Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to New Jersey Avenue, SE
  • N Place, SE from First Street, SE to the DC Water Facility Entrance Gate
  • New Jersey Avenue, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • M Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to New Jersey Avenue, SE
  • L Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to First Street, SE
  • K Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to First Street, SE
  • Half Street, SE from I Street, SE to M Street, SE
  • Van Street, SE from K Street, SE to M Street, SE

2018 MLB All-Star Color Run 5K

The following roads will be closed during the below listed times on Saturday, July 14:

  • First Street from M Street to N Street, SW (3:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • First Street from N Street to Potomac Ave, SW (3:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • South Capitol Street (Fredrick Douglas Memorial Bridge) (Northwest lanes only)
  • Anacostia Drive South Capitol Street onramp to Good Hope Road SE (6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Good Hope Road (Anacostia Drive to Running Path) (6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • 11th Street Bridge (South bound lanes) (7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.)

Preparations for the All-Star celebrations will include street closures and modified schedules for WMATA bus and rail transportation. For more information on local government operations during All-Star week, visit sportscapital.dc.gov.

At the press conference, the Mayor was joined by City Administrator Rashad Young, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue, DC Police Chief Peter Newsham, DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Jeff Marootian, Washington Nationals Senior Vice President of Operations Frank Gambino, MLB Senior Vice President of Special Events Marla Miller, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manger Paul Weidefeld, and Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) Special Events Bureau Chief Tanya Mitchell.