FanFest is Major League Baseball's way of inviting fans to the All-Star party. While not on the level of Super Bowl Week, and perhaps more family friendly than events planned around NBA All-Star Weekend, FanFest provides ample opportunities to meet notable former players, learn about the game's history and snag a few autographs.
It runs July 8-12 at the Phoenix Convention Center, just a few blocks from Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.
At the center of it all is the Diamond, where current and former players will meet fans, if not rub a few elbows. Those appearing have yet to be announced, but past players have included Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., David Wright and Derek Jeter.
Take advantage of the Legends Autograph Program, where players are scheduled hand out photos with their signatures. Players for the Legends Autograph Program have yet to be announced, but in the past those attending included Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers and Gary Carter.
History plays a big part in baseball, with roots going back to the middle of the 19th century. As a result, history plays a big part of FanFest as well. In addition to exhibits from the Hall of Fame, visitors can learn about the Negro Leagues in an informative visual display.
The Hometown Heroes exhibit delves into the roots of the Arizona Diamondbacks, which stretch all the way back to the late 1990s. Those born this century may be surprised to learn that the team's stadium once was called Bank One Ballpark, and that the Diamondbacks (often shortened to D-backs) played a crucial role in the 2001 World Series. And were you aware that former New York Yankee Randy Johnson once pitched for Arizona? You will learn that and other odd-but-true facts at the Hometown Heroes exhibit.
Be sure to stop by the World's Largest Baseball. Standing 12 feet tall, the ball features signatures of such luminaries as Hank Aaron, Rod Carew and Ozzie Smith.
Doors open at 9 a.m. each day and tickets are timed to avoid a crush of visitors, especially those eager to learn about the history of the Diamondbacks.
Mary Parkin Associate Broker, West USA Realty
Phone: 602-882-8080 and Toll Free at 888-211-8803
Visit My website: maryparkin.com
Mary's email: email@example.com
Welcome to Snappy Places
You will find information about the West Valley side of the Phoenix Metro area. "Snappy" will also feature attractions and places throughout Arizona.
Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.