Above: Promotional graphic for the San Diego Padres FanFest on Saturday, February 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Petco Park. Courtesy of the San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres announced that FanFest presented by State Farm on Saturday, February 9, 2013, will be the first opportunity for fans to guarantee their seats for some of the biggest match-ups of the 2013 season, including the New York Yankees' first-ever visit to Petco Park.
The daylong event is free and open to the public. Gates open to the general public at 10:00 a.m.
*Padres Members receive exclusive early access from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Members will be sent printable early entry passes via email.
Fans who are not Members can pre-register at no cost at www.padres.com/fanfest for a special pass allowing them to enter at 9:30 a.m.
FanFest presented by State Farm will run until 4:00 p.m. Free parking will be provided in four locations: the three surface lots along Imperial Avenue (southeast side of Petco Park) and the Padres Parkade garage (10th Ave at J St).
More than two dozen Padres players will be in attendance, as well as alumni, broadcasters and members of the front office. Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs, tour the clubhouse, run the bases and catch fly balls in the outfield.
In addition, the Padres Foundation will host its annual Garage Sale. This year, the Garage Sale will have a new dedicated location inside the Park Blvd Gate. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase rare, one-of-a-kind Padres items, including game-used jerseys and batting helmets, with proceeds going to the Padres Foundation. Fans are encouraged to arrive early at FanFest to get their first choice of autograph session vouchers and Garage Sale merchandise.
ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER: FEB. 8
The Padres will hold its annual awards dinner on Feb. 8, 2013 at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, where it was previously held before moving to Petco Park in 2012.
The event -- which will include a reception and dinner, Padres players, coaches, broadcasters and members of the leadership team -- will help kick off the 2013 season and honor the Padres' 2012 Major League and Minor League award winners. Individual tickets and tables for the dinner are on sale now, with all proceeds benefiting the San Diego Hall of Champions' Jr. Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program in San Diego.
For information, or to purchase tickets, please contact the Padres community relations department via email or by phone at 619-795-5274.