Limber up your typing fingers. Make sure your mouse-clicking wrist is at its most flexible. You’ll need both come Saturday, Jan. 7, when vouchers for autograph sessions for the 2012 Orioles FanFest go on sale at 10 a.m. at www.orioles.com/fanfest. The list of autograph session times and who will be signing will be available at that same Web address by 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.
FanFest will be held Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., though season plan holders get to enter an hour early at 10 a.m. The first 250 season plan holders in attendance will get a complimentary voucher for an autograph session beginning at 10 a.m.
The Orioles will continue to employ an autograph policy designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH and reduce fan disappointment by shortening wait times.
Children 4-14 will have a specially designated Kids Only player autograph station presented by ESSKAY that is free of charge and will operate continuously throughout the day. All other ESSKAY autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers for $15 each, with all of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Last year’s FanFest raised more than $94,000 for the Orioles Charitable Foundation.
Only 250 vouchers will be available for each ESSKAY autograph session, guaranteeing that each fan purchasing a voucher for a particular session will receive an autograph from each of the players at the station. Fans will be able to print their vouchers at home and must present them to the attendant at the appropriate autograph session, shortening the amount of wait time in autograph lines. Fans must be in line for their autograph session no later than 30 minutes after the session begins.
If vouchers are still available on the day of the event, they will be available for purchase at the Oriole Park Box Office or at the ticket sales location at FanFest. Autograph seekers are encouraged to purchase vouchers in advance, as all available vouchers in 2011 sold out before the day of the event. There is a limit of two autograph vouchers per person, per session time, and fans redeeming autograph vouchers must be 3 or older.
The complimentary Kids Only area at FanFest will operate throughout the day in a free-flowing system. Players signing in this area will not be announced in advance. Youth 4-14 may go through this line as many times as they would like as players rotate through the station.
The Orioles will make every effort to keep to the pre-announced autograph schedule, but reserve the right to change or substitute individuals as necessary.