You already have Orioles FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 27 circled on your calendar. Who doesn’t?
Well, there are two more dates you need to be aware of ahead of FanFest, especially if you want to get autographs from your favorite Orioles at the Baltimore Convention Center. (If you need a reminder, FanFest will be held 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with early entry for Orioles season plan members beginning at 10 a.m. as part of the Orange Carpet Program.)
Vouchers for autograph sessions at FanFest will go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Eastern time here. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
At this year’s FanFest, the Orioles will continue an autograph policy designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH and enhance fan engagement with shorter wait times. Children 4-14 will have a specially designated Kids Only player autograph station presented by ESSKAY that is free of charge, which will operate continuously throughout the day.
All other ESSKAY autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest for $20 each, with all of the proceeds benefiting children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Since instituting the autograph policy in 2011, FanFest has raised more than $835,000 for the Orioles Charitable Foundation.
There will be 250 vouchers available for each ESSKAY autograph session, guaranteeing that every fan purchasing a voucher for a particular session will receive an autograph from each of the players at the station. Fans may only use one voucher per person per autograph station. Each person in line must have his or her own voucher and may only use one voucher per station. The Orioles will make every effort to keep to this autograph schedule, but reserve the right to change or substitute individuals as necessary. 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. Autograph vouchers are not eligible for refunds or exchanges.
If vouchers are still available on the day of the event, they will be available for purchase at the ticket sales location at FanFest. Autograph seekers are encouraged to purchase vouchers in advance. There is a purchase limit of two autograph vouchers per person, per session time. Fans redeeming autograph vouchers must be 4 or older and may only redeem one voucher per person, per session time.
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.
Season plan members can enter FanFest beginning at 10 a.m., and the first 250 in attendance will receive a voucher to participate in a complimentary autograph session beginning at 10 a.m.
Every fan must also purchase a ticket to enter FanFest. Tickets are available online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD, at the Oriole Park Box Office, and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 14 and under and adults 60 and over. On the day of the event, FanFest tickets will be sold at the Convention Center and the Oriole Park Box Office. Season Plan Members have received complimentary tickets via email.