Orioles announce FanFest details

The unofficial kickoff to the 2012 baseball season, the Orioles annual FanFest will be held Saturday, January 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

This year’s FanFest, presented by the Sarasota Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, 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.- 6:00 p.m. ET, with early entry for Orioles Season Plan Holders to begin at 10:00 a.m. as part of the Orange Carpet Program.

In addition to FanFest activities, individual game tickets for the 2012 season will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on January 21. Fans may purchase tickets at the Convention Center or the Orioles’ Box Office at the north end of the warehouse throughout the day. Tickets will also be available via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD, online at www.orioles.com and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, PA.

The Orioles’ autograph policy for FanFest 2012 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, with all of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities through OriolesREACH. A date, time and additional details pertaining to the sale of autograph station vouchers for autograph stations will be announced at a later date.

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.

Tickets for FanFest are on sale now and are available online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD 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. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event at the Convention Center and the Orioles Box Office. 2012 Season Plan Holders will receive complimentary tickets as part of their Orange Carpet Benefits program.

Complimentary parking for FanFest is available in Camden Yards Lot B/C. For updated information about the event, fans should visit www.orioles.com/fanfest.

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