Giants fans get all-access pass to team, ballpark
February 10, 2009 12:45 PM
It's that time of year again, with spring training just around the corner, the
Saturday, February 7th, marked the 16th annual KNBR Giants FanFest. Entrance was free of charge and every seat at AT&T Park was available to the public, up from the nose-bleed sections all the way down to the Club Level exclusive seating behind home plate and every seat in-between.
The Giants FanFest is an interactive event that provides fans the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the club and stadium again after the long off-season. "I'm here to celebrate with all the other Giant faithful, we're looking forward to opening-day, we're ready to go, we got as good a chance as anyone else in the league; you have to be the ultimate optimist and any believe we are going to take it all the way this year," said Jingles, the Rally Pumkin, and unoffical mascot of the San Francisco Giants.
KNBR 680, who hosted the event, broadcasted numerous interviews from past and present Giants player's throughout the ballpark. Fans were met with a multitude of options and activities to participate in during the event. Fans were able to give themselves self-guided tours of the home and visitor clubhouses, batting cages, dugouts, and the press box. Also, the entire playing field was made available, offering a unique opportunity for adults and children alike to live out their baseball fantasies of stepping foot on a Major League field.
"It all about being able to get out here on the field, seeing some of the players, being able to play with my kid, manliy the acess, which you don't see with a lot of big league clubs," said life-long Giants fan Mike Padilla, who was out on the field playing catch with his son Jacobi.
The Kids Zone, located behind the bleachers, was expanded to include more games and even a bouncy house. Giant players, coaches, broadcasters, and alumni signed autographs as well as posed for photos throughout the event. They aslo participated in Q&A sessions tailored exclusively to fans interests.
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