On Tuesday, the DC government held a press conference regarding the influx of fans and media into the city for the 2018 All-Star Week, including the All-Star Game, which will be held at Nationals Park. Things will be happening all around the city, especially at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where the All-Star Fan Fest will take place today through Tuesday.
At the press conference, the Mayor noted that planning for All-Star week began as early as 2014. The City Manager stated the city has invested $5 million in this endeavor, but expects a return of about $70 million. That may be of little consolation to city residents and those of us who still need to navigate the city on a daily basis. Although DC has been warning us about road closures for just about a week now (it finally dawned on me the other days that these signs referred to the All-Star festivities), only today did I see the official list of road closures. So far, Federal agencies and OPM have remained silent about cutting Federal employees a break next week. They were permitted to take take time off or to telework during the Caps’ victory parade; some would argue baseball is even more important.
The Mayor’s press conference is posted below – all 21 minutes of it. They really should have just done something shorter and sweeter to warn us about traffic problems. Like the Washington State Department of Transportation did with the Mariner Moose a few weeks ago:
Washington, DC, Mayor’s VERY Long Press Conference/Excuse to hang out at Nats Park: