The kickoff to the 2013 baseball season will begin on Saturday, January 19, as the Orioles host their annual FanFest event at the Baltimore Convention Center. 2013 FanFest, presented by Visit Sarasota County, will feature appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches as part of a day-long celebration of baseball that will also include clinics, exhibits and interactive games. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with early entry for Orioles Season Plan Holders to begin at 10:00 a.m. as part of the Orange Carpet Program.
Tickets for FanFest will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. today and will be available online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD or at the Oriole Park Box Office and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, PA. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under and those over 55. On the day of the event, FanFest tickets will be sold at the Convention Center and the Oriole Park Box Office. 2012 Season Plan Holders, those that have made deposits for 2013 season tickets, and Dugout Club members will all receive complimentary tickets to FanFest.
In addition to FanFest activities, individual game tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on January 19. Fans may purchase tickets at the Convention Center or the Oriole Park Box Office at the north end of the Warehouse throughout the day. Tickets will also be available via phone at 1.888.848.BIRD (2473), online at www.orioles.com and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, PA.
The Orioles' autograph policy for FanFest 2013 will duplicate last year's policy and is designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH, as well as reduce fan disappointment by shortening wait times. Children ages 4-14 will have a specially designated Kids Only player autograph station presented by ESSKAY that is free of charge and will operate continuously throughout the day. All other ESSKAY autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest, with all of the proceeds to benefit children's charities through OriolesREACH. Autograph vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5.
In addition to autographs, other FanFest activities include question and answer forums with players, front office staff and media; clinics for children on a youth-sized baseball field; memorabilia dealers; a Spring Training in Sarasota exhibit; and the opportunity to apply for seasonal employment with the organization.
Complimentary parking for FanFest is available in Lot B/C. For updated information about the event, fans should visit www.orioles.com/fanfest.