Preparations underway at Marlins Park for MLB All-Star Game

MIAMI – Preparations are underway for next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

And it isn't just a game, but a three-day extravaganza with Fan Fest and the Home Run Derby rolled in.

For security at the events, metal detectors will be moved outside the building to create a larger security zone.

A total of $1.5 million has been budgeted for security.

Gates will open two to three hours before each event to get folks inside, and parking needs to be purchased online for $30.

All four parking garages will be first-come, first-served for those who purchased parking online.

Park and Ride from downtown Miami is $20 and free for residents who live downtown.

Eighty percent of the tickets for the game have already been sold and lots of undercover officers will be out looking for counterfeit merchandise.

Authorities warn that if merchandise doesn't have a hologram on it, it is fake, and those scalping phony merchandise will be arrested.

The event will not only showcase the Marlins and their organization, but the city of Miami itself, giving South Florida a large economic impact.

"We are estimating at approximately $80 million presently," Miami Marlins Operations Vice President Claude Delorme said. "We will be in a better position after the event. To give you an example, Major League Baseball by themselves took 3,900 rooms for a five or six day period. In addition to that, 60 percent of the people attending the game are from out-of-state."