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Fans urged to be careful buying All-Star tickets

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ST. LOUIS -- Miami is known to rise to the occasion when it comes to putting on major events, and with the All-Star Game festivities set to begin, officials are encouraging fans to participate but also show caution, especially when it comes to purchasing tickets.

The Marlins, along with Major League Baseball and South Florida officials addressed possible public safety concerns at a news conference on Wednesday.

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ST. LOUIS -- Miami is known to rise to the occasion when it comes to putting on major events, and with the All-Star Game festivities set to begin, officials are encouraging fans to participate but also show caution, especially when it comes to purchasing tickets.

The Marlins, along with Major League Baseball and South Florida officials addressed possible public safety concerns at a news conference on Wednesday.

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"The best advice we can give everybody is buyer beware," said Ethan Orlinsky, MLB's senior vice president of legal, business and club affairs. "Make sure you haven't purchased from somebody who you haven't previously purchased from. There are scanners and there are codes on all the tickets. There will be scanners at each one of the gates during the game."

The MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is Tuesday at Marlins Park. But festivities surrounding the event are spread over several days, with the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday and the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday.

The event is expected to be an economic windfall for South Florida.

"When we started looking at the economic benefits of hosting the All-Star Game, we looked at basically the last 10 years, and we're estimating an [economic impact] at approximately $80 million," Marlins executive vice president of operations and events Claude Delorme said. "We'll be in a better position after the event.

"It's a great opportunity for us to showcase Miami, South Florida and the intricacies of our beautiful city."

From Fanfest through the All-Star Game, Miami Police Major Alberto Alberto said there is plenty of security.

"There's a really good public safety component to all of the events that are going to be going on around the city," Alberto said. "I want to encourage all of our residents to attend these events. We will have extra resources out to help with traffic, and any safety concerns."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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