I love FanFest. And if the huge number of fans in attendance last year is an indication, so do most of you.
I’ve had a few different roles at FanFest in the past, and have had a blast every time. Last year, I got to run around and be a fan with my niece and nephew, who couldn’t get enough of the many inflatable play areas.
On Saturday, the D-backs will host the sixth annual SUBWAY D-backs FanFest at Chase Field from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fans who purchase two Fresh Value Meals at participating Phoenix-area SUBWAY locations, however, can enter Chase Field an hour early, at 9 a.m. Hurry though, that offer is only good through today.
D-backs players will participate in Q&A sessions and autograph signings, with all proceeds from autographs going to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. It’s a virtual certainty that you’ll have access to your favorite D-backs player or coach, as Manager A.J. Hinch, Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Justin Upton, Mark Reynolds, Chris Young, Conor Jackson and many more are all slated to appear.
One of the popular aspects of last year’s event was the presence of D-backs alumni, which will continue this year with Kelley Stinnett and Quinton McCracken. Of course, former D-backs third baseman Matt Williams will be there, as he is now a member of the D-backs coaching staff.
The team’s radio broadcast partner KTAR will be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with its various hosts and D-backs on-air personalities broadcasting live with D-backs players and executives. Here’s a look at the KTAR schedule:
9-10 a.m. — Dave Burns and Paul Calvisi
10-11 a.m. — “Doug & Wolf” with Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley
11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Daron Sutton and Mark Grace
12-1 p.m. — Greg Schulte and Tom Candiotti
1-2 p.m. — “Gambo & Ash” with John Gambadoro and Mark Asher
The same things you’ve loved about SUBWAY FanFest in the past will be included this year, such as tours of the D-backs’ home clubhouse, D-backs Training Centers Wiffle Ball fields and practice clinics, Family Fun Zone with speed pitch and interactive inflatables, a sports card and memorabilia show, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation yard sale and a silent auction hosted by the D-backs wives.
If you think you’re a great, die-hard fan, make sure to wear your D-backs gear for FOX Sports Arizona’s “Be a Fan” campaign. They’ll be taping promotional spots with D-backs fans at a booth near the first base dugout. The network is looking for fans of all ages to show their support for the team.
I’ll be posting here a few times on Saturday, so check to this blog for some observations, photos, audio and (hopefully) video. And if you see me wandering around FanFest, please do stop and say hello.
Here are a few more photos from last year’s event.