By A. Redding
Photos: Diana Castro/Premier Photo Int’l.
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/28/18 – Over 30,000 Dodgers’ fans filled Dodger Stadium Saturday, January 27 to be apart of the Dodgers’ sixth annual FanFest. Fans came out to meet and greet, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy themselves.
The six hour long event ran from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and included players, Kike Hernandez, Walker Buehler, Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Tony Cingrani, Logan Forsythe, Alex Verdugo, and Ross Stripling.
This year’s FanFest presented by Coca-Cola and San Manuel Casino was geared towards the whole family and had something for everyone. Many young fans had the chance to take part in interactive games around the stadium with the Rock Wall being one of the most popular areas.
Buying autograph session tickets prior to attending the event ensured fans of getting an autograph but Jr. Dodgers members, ages 14 and younger, received free autographs at the Jr. Dodgers Autograph tent.
All autograph session tickets benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and support LADF programs.
Many players did a great job of interacting with the fans by stopping to give autographs and pose for pictures as they moved from one fan filled area of the stadium to the next – to be interviewed on the main stage or to sign autographs for those who purchased VIP tickets.
A few players didn’t stop as fans called out to them to come over and sign an item or to take a picture. When a player continued on his way, a male fan would call out, “Do it for the kids!” which caused those around him to laugh.
VIP experiences offered throughout the day included:
Meet and Greets:
Fans with VIP access were able to participate in a meet and greet with a Dodger player, take a photo and receive their autograph.
Ask the Manager:
Dave Roberts met with fans and answered their questions in the Dodger Stadium Interview Room
VIP ticket holders had the opportunity to get an exclusive look inside the Dodgers’ Trophy Hallway and Clubhouse.
Tours of the Vin Scully Press Box with Dodger broadcasters:
Dodger broadcasters met with fans during a tour of the Vin Scully Press Box.
Interactive Dodger History Sessions at the Pop-Up Museum:
Meet Ron Cey and Steve Yeager and view the memorabilia on display at 60 Years in L.A. – A Pop-Up Museum Experience Presented by Mastercard.
Train Like a Pro:
Four VIP fans, per session, during the day were able to take part in a workout similar to one the players do every day with the team’s Strength & Conditioning Coach Brandon McDaniel in the Dodgers’ gym.
As players and fans prepare for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 season, FanFest was a great way to start the New Year. AR
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