All Star week returns to Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - While athletes and coaches are still prepping for All Star Week, the City of Montgomery already has one win under its belt.

All Star week got it's start in the Capital City, but lost the bid to Huntsville for more than half a decade, until now.

"It left here, and didn't come back immediately.  Now we have to work at keeping it." says Mayor Todd Strange.

And what a difference those years make.

The first football game will be played at a newly renovated Cramton Bowl, baseball games at Riverwalk Stadium; and, basketball and soccer tournaments are held at college campuses across the city.

AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese says, "This is excitement.  Most of these kids have never stayed at a hotel, they've never been to a college campus.  Now they get to do those things."

Mayor Todd Strange expects more than 3000 hotel rooms to be booked as a result of All Star Week.  That could result in close to one million dollars of additional sales in the city.

For some folks, All Star week is about family time.  Allysa Anderson and her children are in Montgomery, supporting her husband; an All Star baseball coach from Florence.

"It's a big stadium, it's fun for the parents, and fun for the players.  My daughter is excited to go to Riverwalk tonight because we've already been."

Welcoming All star week and upwards of 6,000 new friends back to Montgomery.