MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game brought a number of sponsors for events and activations as it descended on Miami for the first time this year. The 88th edition of the game took place July 11 at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins.
The night before the game, Marlins Park hosted the popular Home Run Derby, whose title sponsor was T-Mobile. Afterward, T-Mobile presented a “Derby After Dark” party at Faena Forum, featured a headlining performance by DJ Irie, as well as appearances by athletes, V.I.P. guests, and more. The event, produced by IMG Live, saw the mobile phone provider’s magenta brand color in everything from the entry carpet to baseballs. Projections and digital graphics were used throughout the space, including on a LED DJ booth.
The game’s main sponsor, Mastercard, showcased payment product Masterpass in several activations and events. During FanFest, an interactive baseball fan festival held from July 7 to 11 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, fans could win prizes such as autographed baseballs and tickets to various MLB All-Star Week events. They could also use Masterpass to buy a commemorative MLB All-Star Game Topps trading card. Other experiences included meet-and-greets with legendary players, a GIF photo booth area, and two Xbox kiosks for guests to play RBI 2017. BaAM Productions produced the event.
Masterpass House, a separate activation at the W South Beach produced by BMF Media, featured a performance by Jennifer Hudson as well as custom pennants designed by sketch artist Blue Logan. On July 8, Stand Up To Cancer hosted a concert at the venue, and the following night “Big Papi” David Ortiz hosted a sunset barbecue, which also benefited the charity.
Here’s a look inside events at baseball’s midsummer classic.