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A guide for fans attending this weekend's exciting events
NEW YORK -- If you're one of the lucky thousands headed to the Bronx during All-Star Week, you'll need to be prepared for an experience unlike any other you may have had at Yankee Stadium.
Parking is expected to be extremely limited, as it has been in the general Yankee Stadium area, with street and parking lot closures due to the construction of the new Yankee Stadium. Fans are strongly urged to use public transportation and to budget additional time when planning their trip.
The Yankee Stadium subway stop is located right outside the Stadium at the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue. The Stadium is conveniently reached by several subway lines and a trip from midtown Manhattan usually takes less than 25 minutes.
The 4 train, as well as the B (weekdays only) and D trains make stops at 161st Street and Yankee Stadium. Metro North train service to Connecticut and Westchester County is available at the 125th Street subway stop. Several New York Transit Authority Bus Lines also provide service to Yankee Stadium. The BX 6, BX 13 and BX 55 buses stop at 161st Street and the Grand Concourse, a short walk from the Stadium.
Yankee Stadium will begin celebrating the All-Star festivities with the opening of the Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.
The public gates at Yankee Stadium will open at 10:30 a.m. ET for the Futures Game, allowing fans to filter in while the USA Team is beginning batting practice. The Futures Game features the top prospects from Minor League Baseball, and will be extended from seven innings to a full nine this year. Depending on the elapsed time of the Futures Game, the softball game is scheduled to begin at approximately 4 p.m. ET and run until 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, subject to change.
Monday brings the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and one of the All-Star Game's premier events, the State Farm Home Run Derby, to be televised live on ESPN. Public gates for the workout -- the fans' first chance to see the 2008 All-Stars as they take batting practice -- are set to open at 4:30 p.m., with the American League beginning batting practice at 5:30 p.m. The National League takes the field at 6:25 p.m., and the Home Run Derby begins at 8 p.m.
Tuesday's All-Star festivities kick off at 1 p.m. with the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade presented by Chevy, beginning on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan and proceeding from 40th Street to 58th Street, bringing All-Star players and Hall of Famers past Bryant Park and Central Park.
Public gates for the All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium will open at 5 p.m., with the American League beginning batting practice at 5 p.m. The National League begins batting practice at 6:20 p.m., with pre-game ceremonies set to commence at 7:45 p.m.
Yankee Stadium's security rules will be in place during the All-Star Week festivities. They regulate that no backpacks, briefcases, attaché cases, coolers, glass or plastic bottles, cans, large purses, bags or video cameras will be permitted into the ballpark. Diaper bags, small children's backpacks, small purses and backpack purses will be permitted into the ballpark, but will be inspected at the entrance gates.
Additionally, re-entry will not be permitted. Once you enter the ballpark, you will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the facility. Smoking is also prohibited throughout the entire stadium.
Those without tickets who want to be as close to the action as possible have two time-tested options for eateries and establishments, paths which Yankees fans have traveled well over the decades -- Stan's Sports Bar at 836 River Ave. and the Yankee Tavern at 72 East 161st St. -- both within walking distance of Yankee Stadium and the subway platform.
Fans are also urged to make their way to the Jacob K. Javits Center during the DHL All-Star FanFest from Friday through Tuesday. With more than 40 interactive attractions, free autograph signings and clinics taught by MLB greats, the week-long FanFest offers activities for all baseball lovers -- no matter what your home team. The Javits Center is accessible in Manhattan at 34th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.
The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.