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What you need to know about Royals FanFest 2020

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ROYALS FANS, ASSEMBLE!

Kansas City Royals FanFest John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

If you’ve been staring out the window waiting for baseball all winter, you will get a brief respite this weekend as the Royals put on their annual FanFest, to be held January 24-25 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

The event begins at noon on Friday for season ticket holders, and at 2 p.m. for the general public, and runs until 9 p.m. that evening. On Saturday, it begins at 9 a.m. for season ticket holders, and 11 a.m. for the general public, with the event running until 7 p.m. The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for kids aged 6-17, with free admission for kids 5 and under. You can buy tickets and find more information here.

FanFest is a chance for fans to see the players up close and personal, with a chance to see new manager Mike Matheny for the first time. Among the players scheduled to appear include Whit Merrifield, Adalberto Mondesi, Salvador Perez, Danny Duffy, Brad Keller, Hunter Dozier, and Jorge Soler, as well as former players like Willie Aikens, Mike Boddicker, Mike MacFarlane, and John Mayberry.

There will be autograph stages set up around the convention center. Autographs will be on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 150 fans for each session. No photographs with participants will be allowed during the autograph sessions, and fans will be limited to one item per participant.

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If you’re a memorabilia hound, FanFest is a great opportunity to find rare Royals memorabilia, old baseball cards, plenty of game-used bats, batting gloves, and uniforms, and left over promotional giveaways. Royals Charities will also be selling this limited edition Buck O’Neil bobblehead for a $35 donation.

There will be interactive baseball activities for kids, clinics on baseball fundamentals, and a home run derby. There is also a stage set up for Q&A segments and others shows, where anything can happen, such as Salvador Perez calling Eric Hosmer or a fashion show from Brett Phillips. This year there will be a cool ceremony for Salvador Perez as he becomes a U.S. citizen.

There are numerous places to park downtown, and the convention center is right along the route of the free downtown streetcar.

Will you be at Royals FanFest?