2013 Fan Fests of the AL Central Division

Division Rivals… what do those words mean to you? Division Rivals are some of the best and fiercest competitors on the baseball field. On the field, rivalries dig deep and games are intense, but how do rivals compete off the field? How are division rivals compared during the off-season?

I am particularly talking about FanFests. How do the Whitesox’s, Indians’, Royals’, Tigers’ and Twins’ FanFests match up?

In this entry, you will read about the highlights of each FanFest. I will also share what I like about them, and what I would change if I was their team’s GM. Then, at the end of this entry, I want you to vote on which team you think holds the best FanFest.

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Whitesox

Date: January 25-27, 2013

Time: Friday – 4:00 pm – 9:00 , Saturday – 9:00am – 4:00pm , Sunday – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Admission Ticket Pricing:  Two-day passes are $70; Saturday-only passes are $50; Sunday-only passes are $35

Autograph Voucher Pricing: Included in admission price

Location: Palmer House Hilton – 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Parking: Hotel Parking

Fan Activities Include:

  • Appearances by current and former Whitesox players & coaches
  • Player autograph stations
  • Player photo stations
  • Comcast sportsnet autograph stations
  • Seminars

SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

Robin Ventura, Harold Baines, Gordon Beckham, John Danks, Tyler Flowers, Gavin Floyd, Nate Jones, Paul Konerko, Jake Peavy, Alexei Ramirez, Addison Reed, Chris Sale, Hector Santiago, Matt Thornton and Dayan Viciedo. Former players and Sox greats; Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye, Ron Kittle, Tony LaRussa, Greg Luzinski, Carlos May, Jack McDowell, Tom Paciorek, Aaron Rowand and Frank Thomas.

If you would like to learn more about SoxFest then go ahead and click here.

Things I like about SoxFest:

  • SoxFest takes place over three days.
    • This provides flexibility for fans. This also gives fans more freedom to what they want, when they want, at SoxFest.
  • Over 25 (current and former) players & coaches are scheduled to attend
    • This is awesome for fans who like to interact with the players and coaches.

If I was the GM I would…

  • Lower the price of admission in order to make SoxFest more affordable for fans.
    •  $30 for a single day pass (if autographs are included in admission price)
    • $10 for a single day pass (if autographs are not included in admission price)
  • Offer more activities to fans.
    • Suggestions include memorabilia dealers, games, actions, Q&A with player and coaches
  • Donate the part of the proceeds to charity.
    • I did not find any info about the Whitesox donating the proceeds to charity. As far as I know, the Whitesox do not. However, I could be wrong.
    • Donating part of the proceeds might encourage more fans to go to Sox Fest.

My Overall Grading: C+

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Indians

Date: January 19-20, 2013

Time: Noon – 6 p.m.

Admission Ticket Pricing: (In advance) Adults are $10, Kids 12 & under are Free; Kids are $5 on the day of the event

Autograph Voucher Pricing: Included in admission price

Location: Progressive Field – 2401 Ontario Street Cleveland, OH 44115

Parking: The Gateway East Garage (located in between Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena) will be open similar to a normal Indians game in the summer.

Fan Activities Include:

  • Player Autographs
  • Kids Activities
  • Roundtable discussion with Indians broadcasters
  • Clubhouse Tours
  • Tribe Fest Social
  • Twitter Scavenger Hunt
  • Photos with Slider
  • Video Arcade
  • Indians alumni meet/greet
  • 2013 MLB FanCave Application

SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

Terry Francona, Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber,  Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana, Vinnie Pestano, Lonnie Chisenhall, Drew Stubbs, Mike Aviles, Carlos Carrasco, Nick Hagadone, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister, Cody Allen, Tom Hamilton, Jim Rosenhaus, John Adams, Katie Witham, The Cleveland Blues and more!

If you would like to learn more about TribeFest then go ahead and click here.

Things I like about TribeFest:

  • The admission price is very affordable
    • This makes it easier for fans to attend FanFest
    • With a lower admission price, I would be more comfortable spending money on autographs, memorabilia, Tickets, etc…
  • There are a lot of Fan Activities
    • It is important to have lots of activities so fans don’t get bored
    • When I go to FanFests I enjoy having options for what I want to do next
  • It is held Progressive Field
    • Fans have access to parts of Progressive, which they usually do not have access to
    • Anxious fans will be able to wander around the ballpark during the offseason

If I was the GM I would…

  • Make it mandatory for all current Indian players (40-man roster) to attend TribeFest.
    • This could make TribeFest more enjoyable for some fans
    • This year, there were only about 15 players mentioned
  • Provide information about the History of TribeFest.
    • I would like to know things like this
  • Donate the part of the proceeds to charity
    • I did not find any info about the Indians donating the proceeds to charity. As far as I know, the Indians do not. However, I could be wrong.
    • Donating part of the proceeds might encourage more fans to go to Sox Fest.

My Overall Grading: C+ / B-

A friend of mine, Jared Serre, was able to attend TribeFest 2013. If you click here, you will be able to read about the whole TribeFest experience. 

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Tigers

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission Ticket Pricing:  $25 for adults, $12 for kids 12-and-under

Autograph Voucher Pricing: Included in ticket price

Location: Comerica Park – 2100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201-3470

Parking: Olympia Development, OR there are numerous other privately owned parking facilities within a 5-20 minute walk of Comerica Park.

Fan Activities Include:

  • Autograph booths featuring current Tigers players & coaches
  • Main Stage (fan conference)
  • Player photo area
  • Tours – clubhouse, Ernie Harwell Media Center, luxury suite, Champions Club, and select executive offices
  • Batting practice in the underground batting tunnel
  • Learning about season and group ticket plans
  • Foundation Fire Sale

SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

Rod Allen, Pat Caputo, David Dombrowski, Al Avila, Jim Leyland, Rafael Belliard, Tom Brookens, Toby Harrah, Jeff Jones, Gene Lamont, Lloyd McClendon, Mike Rojas, Alex Avila, Al Alburquerque, Duane Below, Joaquin Benoit, Quintin Berry, Brennan Boesch, Miguel Cabrera, Phil Coke, Casey Crosby, Andy Dirks, Octavio Dotel, Darin Downs, Prince Fielder, Doug Fister, Bryan Holaday, Torii Hunter, Austin Jackson, Jeff Kobernus, Kyle Lobstein, Luis Marte, Melvin Mercedes, Brayan Pena, Jhonny Peralta, Rick Porcello, Luke Putkonen, Bruce Rondon, Anibal Sanchez, Ramon Santiago, Max Scherzer, Drew Smyly, Justin Verlander, and Danny Worth.

If you would like to learn more about TigerFest then go ahead and click here.

Things I like about TigerFest:

  • There are over 40 (current and former) players & coaches scheduled to attend
    • I cannot stress enough how awesome this is! This really increases player/fan interaction, which for some fans is the sole purpose for attending.
  • Admission price is affordable
    • With so many activities to experience, fans get their money’s worth at TigerFest
  • It is held at Comerica Park
    • Fans have access to parts of Comerica, which they usually do not have access to
    • Anxious fans will be able to wander around the ballpark during the offseason

If I was the GM I would…

  • Donate part of the proceeds to charity.
    • I did not find any info about the Tigers donating the proceeds to charity. As far as I know, the Tigers do not. However, I could be wrong.
    • Donating part of the proceeds might encourage more fans to go to TigerFest (ironically, it is sold out)

My Overall Grading: A

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Royals

Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission Ticket Pricing:  Advanced: Adults – $12, Youth – $6.

Day of Sale: Adults – $14, Youth – $8

Autograph Voucher Pricing: Unable to find this information

Location: Overland Park Convention Center – 6000 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66211

Parking: Is FREE. The Overland Park Convention Center has 1,000 FREE parking spaces, 400 of which are covered, and 1,400 within the center and hotel complex

Fan Activities Include:

  • Player autograph sessions
  • Player photo Stations
  • Interactive games for kids
  • Discussion with players and front office executives
  • Q&A  with players & coaches
  • Main Stage (fan conference)

“FanFest is presented by Sprint and Teva Neuroscience, with a portion of the proceeds going to Royals Charities.” – Royals.com

SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

I was unable to find this information

Since Royals Fan Fest was on January 19, the Royals have since then taken all information off of their website. As a result of this, I had to do my researching elsewhere. However, I was able to find a press release that the Royals released a few weeks ago. If you would like to read the press release, click here.

Things I like about Royals FanFest:

  • Admission price is affordable
    • This makes it easier for fans to attend Royals FanFest
    • With a lower admission price, I would be more comfortable spending money on autographs, memorabilia, Tickets, etc…
  • Royals FanFest is held at the Overland Park Convention Center
    • It is not difficult to find
    • Parking your car is very easy. The Overland Park Convention Center has 1,000 FREE parking spaces
  • The Royals donate a portion of the proceeds to charities

If I was the GM I would…

  • Schedule Royals Fan Fest for three days, instead of one.
    • This would give more flexibility for Fans
    • It would also work more towards the “Ultimate Royals Fan Experience”
    • It could raise more money for Charity and other organizations
  • Make it easier for Fans to learn about Royals Fan Fest online. Basically, Provide more information. I had a difficult time finding information about the event.

My Overall Grading: B

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Twins

First of all, I would like to point out that I found myself in the previous picture! I’m wearing a red hoodie and blue jeans. I circled myself and pointed to the circle with arrows.

Date: January 25-27, 2013

Time: Friday – 4:00 pm – 9:30, Saturday – 9:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Admission Ticket Pricing: In Advance: Adults – $9, Kids – $5

At the door: Adults – $15, Kids – $8

Autograph Voucher Pricing: There isn’t a voucher. You pay for individual signings. Price varies depending on the person

Location: Metrodome – 900 S 5th #A Minneapolis, MN 55415

Parking: There are numerous parking lots around the Metrodome. Multiple transit options are also available.

Fan Activities Include:

  • More than 60 players are scheduled to attend
  • Player autograph stations
  • Player photo stations
  • 1500 ESPN broadcast stage
  • Grab bags
  • Sports Collectors Show
  • National Anthem Auditions
  • Ticket Center
  • Auctions
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Exhibit

“TwinsFest, one of the largest team-run fan festivals in professional sports, is an annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Since its inception in 1989, TwinsFest has raised more than $4.2 million for programs and organizations supported by the Twins Community Fund.” – Twins.com

SCHEDULED TO ATTEND

Current players/coaches scheduled to attend include:
Joe Benson, Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Drew Butera, Jamey Carroll, Kevin Correia, Cole De Vries, Scott Diamond, Ryan Doumit, Brian Dozier, Brian Duensing, Casey Fien, Ron Gardenhire, Kyle Gibson, Gene Glynn, Nate Hanson, Liam Hendriks, BJ Hermsen, Chris Herrmann, Aaron Hicks, Kyle Knudson, Austin Malinowski, Darin Mastroianni, Joe Mauer, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Justin Morneau, Cole Nelson, Chris Parmelee, Mike Pelfrey, Glen Perkins, Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Pressly, Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke, Miguel Sano, Anthony Swarzak, Caleb Thielbar, Michael Tonkin, Joe Vavra, PJ Walters, Josh Willingham, Tim Wood, Vance Worley and more!

Former players/coaches scheduled to attend include:
Bert Blyleven, Tom Brunansky, Rod Carew, Ron Coomer, Bobby Cuellar, Dan Gladden, Dave Goltz, Mudcat Grant, Kent Hrbek, Tom Kelly, Corey Koskie, Gene Larkin, Tim Laudner, Paul Molitor, Al Newman, Tony Oliva, Frank Quilici, Tom Quinlan, Brian Raabe, Roy Smalley, Terry Steinbach, Dick Stigman, Kevin Tapani, Frank Viola and more!

If you would like to learn more about TwinsFest then go ahead and click here.

Things I like about TwinsFest:

  • Admission price is REALLY affordable
    • I always buy my tickets in advance, because it is $6 cheaper
  • TwinsFest takes place over three days
    • I like this because it allows me to go to TwinsFest multiple days.
    • If TwinsFest was a single day event it would sell out very quickly. Making it a three-day event allows more fans to experience TwinsFest.
  • It is held at the Metrodome
    • I love the Metrodome.
    • Target Field opened in 2010. Since then, Twins Fest has been one of the only Twins events to be held in the Metrodome.
    • Many excited fans will be able to wander around the ballpark AND on the playing field. (This may also appeal to Viking fans)
  • There are over 60 (current and former) players & coaches scheduled to attend
    • This is more than the entire 40 man roster!
    • More than 25 retired players are attending. Talk about loyal players!
  • The Twins donate a portion of the proceeds to charities

If I was the GM I would…

  • Offer tours to fans
    • Tour suggestions include dugouts, clubhouses, exclusive areas, broadcast booths (Twins and Vikings), basement, etc..

My Overall Grading: A

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9 comments

  1. bayareabaseballfan

    I would go to sox feat, but that’s only because I love the white sox. But if I wash king one on the price/ activities I would pick the twins fest, I mean you can’t beat 65 players and pricing under $10.

    • Paul K

      This morning I just remembered that I forgot to mention you in the entry. So, I went back and edited it. You are now mentioned and linked. Thanks for reading Jared!
      -Paul K

  2. Jared

    Just to clear things up, The History of TribeFest is fairly small (Inaugural year) and the stadium was roped off so you couldn’t wander throughout the ballpark.

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