01/11/2012 4:53 PM EST
Texas Rangers 2012 Fan Fest Takes Place This Weekend
Daily Schedule for autograph sessions, Q & A’s, and clinics announced as well as autograph procedures; Individual tickets for select 2012 August games will also be on sale
Arlington, Texas – Texas Rangers 2012 Fan Fest will be held this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 13, 14, and 15 at the Arlington Convention Center.
Tickets will available at the door or can be purchased in advance at texasrangers.com.
The club today announced the daily schedule for autograph sessions, question & answer sessions, and clinics as well as the autograph procedures that will be in place for this year’s event.
In addition, the Rangers announced that 40th Anniversary specially discounted $5.00 Upper Reserved tickets for six 2012 August home games will be on sale for the three days of Fan Fest only at the Arlington Convention Center and online at texasrangers.com/40years. The games are August 20 and 21 vs. Baltimore; August 23 and 26 vs. Minnesota; and August 27 and 28 vs. Tampa Bay. After this weekend, the discount offer will expire, and single-game tickets won’t be available again until the complete individual on-sale on Saturday, March 3.
Nearly 25 current Rangers and members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be appearing over the three days of Fan Fest. The schedule of individuals appearing each day is as follows. PLEASE NOTE THE SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE:
Friday, January 13—Doors to Arlington Convention Center open at 4:00 p.m. Autograph sessions at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.
Individuals Signing Autographs: Rusty Greer, Derek Holland, Frank Howard, Colby Lewis, Mike Napoli, Ron Washington, Michael Young.
Individuals Participating in Question and Answer Sessions: Frank Howard, Mike Napoli, Ron Washington.
Saturday, January 14—Doors to Arlington Convention Center open at 9:00 a.m. Autograph sessions at 11:00 a.m., 12 noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
Individuals Signing Autographs: Mike Adams, Steve Busby, Bert Campaneris, Cody Eppley, Craig Gentry, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Mench, Justin Miller, Mitch Moreland, David Murphy, Joe Nathan, Pete O’Brien, Jurickson Profar, Robbie Ross, Jeff Russell, Nolan Ryan, Jim Sundberg.
Individuals Participating in Question and Answer Sessions: Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler, David Murphy, Joe Nathan, Nolan Ryan.
Individual Participating in Clinics: Scott Coolbaugh/Bobby Jones (hitting); Mike Maddux (pitching); Jim Sundberg (catching).
Sunday, January 15—Doors to Arlington Convention Center open at 12 noon. Autograph sessions at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m.
Individuals Signing Autographs: Elvis Andrus, Steve Buechele, Neftali Feliz, Mark Hamburger, Michael Kirkman, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Gaylord Perry.
Individuals Participating in Question and Answer Sessions: Elvis Andrus, Gaylord Perry.
Individual Participating in Clinics: Steve Buechele (hitting); Andy Hawkins (pitching).
BELOW ARE THE AUTOGRAPH PROCEDURES FOR TEXAS RANGERS 2012 FANFEST:
*Fan Fest autograph schedules will not be announced in advance other than what is listed above.
* Television monitors located at the information booths in the Grand Hall and near the entrance of the Exhibit Hall and the television screens located near the main stage will post who is signing during each session 1 hour prior to the start of that session.
* Entrance to the designated line will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals who use wheelchairs must adhere to the same first-come, first-served process as all other fans.
* When lines are at the designated capacity, an “END OF LINE” sign will be posted and no further guests will be allowed to enter the line.
* There are seven designated autograph sessions throughout the weekend where all fans in attendance 1 hour prior to the start of the autograph session will be eligible to participate. Participants will be selected randomly. More information on players and scheduled times will be available on each day of Fan Fest.
* One autograph per person is allowed, no exceptions.
* Players will sign approximately 225 autographs per session. Players will not sign beyond their allotted time.
* Prior to the 2012 Fan Fest, Fast Passes were sold online at texasrangers.com. 50 guests will have the opportunity to skip to the front of each autograph session on each day of the event.
Texas Rangers 2012 Fan Fest also includes:
Batting Cage – Life size batting cage with top of the line-pitching machine will pitch safety balls to fans.
Speed Pitch – Fans will get the opportunity to stand on a mound and test their arms.
Home Run Derby Field – Fans can hit one “out of the park”…literally. This mini Rangers Ballpark will provide fun and entertainment for all ages. Former Ranger players will be pitching all weekend.
Locker Room/ American League Trophy display – This great photo opportunity will allow fans to feel they are in the real Rangers clubhouse and have their pictures taken with the 2011 American League Trophy.
Ground Ball / Fly Ball catch – Fans will be able to test their skills against a pop-fly or ground ball in this area.
Team Photo Opportunity - Fans will be able to have their picture taken with the 2011 team! Fan Fest will feature a life-size team photo cut out.
Lil Sluggers – This interactive will be for the young Rangers fans (8 and under). It will be decorated with MLB Mascots – kids can step up and hit the whiffle balls off a tee.
Event Stage – The Event Stage will be a highlight of the event. Fans will be treated to Q&A sessions with current and former players as well as special interest topics about the Texas Rangers. The stage will also have giveaways and much more throughout the weekend!
Steal Home Challenge – Fans can race against the clock from third base to home plate and compare their speed with their favorite Rangers.
Autograph Stages will be located in the main Exhibit Hall.
Photo Stage – Throughout the event, fans will be able to get their photos taken with their favorite Rangers personalities.
Admission for 2012 Fan Fest is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children 13 and under for a one-day pass and $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for children 13 and under for a three-day pass.
The Fan Fest Ticket Office located in the Southeast Gallery of the Arlington Convention Center will open two hours prior to the doors opening on each date.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.