The last time the Royals were the American League champions, fan fests as we know them today didn’t exist. Neither did Bartle Hall.
For two days starting Friday, the Royals, three months removed from reaching game seven of the World Series in their first postseason appearance since 1985, will meet and greet fans during the 2015 Royals FanFest at Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center.
The event, which moved to Bartle last year after a run at the Overland Park Convention Center, begins each day with a two-hour block exclusively for season-ticket holders. On Friday, that’s from 12-2 p.m., and 9-11 a.m. on Saturday. The rest of the day is open to the public, until 9 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Interactive activities will be mixed with almost 40 booths of sponsors, Royals-related displays and six autograph stages.
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The team does not announce the autograph schedule in advance of the event, but a list of players scheduled to attend can be found at Royals.com/FanFest. As of Tuesday, Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Greg Holland were to attend.
According to the Royals, autographs will be on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 150 fans for each session. No photographs with the participants are allowed and fans are limited to one item per participant.
On both days, general manager Dayton Moore, manager Ned Yost and many of the Royals players will take the main stage for discussions and previews. The Royals’ 2014 award winners — player of the year Lorenzo Cain, pitcher of the year Wade Davis and special achievement honoree Yordano Ventura — are set to be recognized at 2 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.
▪ Friday: 12-2 p.m., for season-ticket holders
▪ Friday: 2-9 p.m., open to all fans
▪ Saturday: 9-11 a.m., for season-ticket holders
▪ Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. open to all fans
Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center
▪ $14 adult advance, through team website
▪ $16 adult day of event
▪ $8 youth (ages 6-17) advance
▪ $10 youth dale of event
▪ $20 adult advance
▪ $22 adult day of event
▪ $11 youth advance
▪ $14 youth day of event