ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Round Rock Express will host its annual Fan Fest Saturday, March 2 at Dell Diamond from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Fans have the chance to finally see the many off-season stadium upgrades while enjoying a day of family-friendly entertainment the Express is known for. This will be the first time the public can see the brand new HD LED video board, outfield ribbon boards and the placement of the auxiliary board and new premium seating options in person. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to take batting practice on the field, test their speed pitch, take clubhouse tours, enjoy the "Fun Zone" rock wall and inflatables, see the Mustang Owners Club of Austin car show and the opportunity to taste-test several concession stand items. New highlights to Fan Fest this year are an interactive stadium scavenger hunt, personal baseball card photos and hot air balloons, courtesy of Central Texas Ballooning Association.
The start of Fan Fest marks the start of individual game ticket sales, both in person at Dell Diamond and online at www.RoundRockExpress.com. At the stadium, fans will have the opportunity to select a seat for season ticket packages, including Full Season, Fireworks Plus plan, the Double Play plan and flex plans. With two new premium seating options, fans in attendance will get a first-look at the upgraded seating behind home plate and the 4 Topps along the first base line. Sign up for "Junior Sluggers" memberships, Spike's official fan club, will also take place starting at 10 a.m.
Round Rock kicks off the regular season on Thursday, April 4 with an eight-game home stand that includes four-game series against Omaha (April 4-7) and Iowa (April 8-11). To reserve your ticket plans, including full season, 20-game and flex plans, call the Express ticket office at (512) 255-2255 or visit www.RoundRockExpress.com.
2013 Express Fan Fest (10 a.m. - 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted):
Batting Practice: Fans are invited to come down on the field and take a few swings in the cage during batting practice. Fans are encouraged to bring their own bats and helmets. Any fan who hits a home run with a wooden bat will receive two Fireworks Plus plan season tickets for the Home Run Porch.
Batting practice pitchers include Express founder and CEO Reid Ryan, Express CFO Reese Ryan, former Major Leaguer Kirk Dressendorfer, Express General Manager George King, former University of Houston player and current Express Assistant General Manager Chris Almendarez, and former Baylor University player and current Express Community Relations Director Tim Jackson.
Clubhouse Tours: The Express clubhouse will be open to the public for self-guided tours.
Express Fun Zone: Portions of the Express Fun Zone will be open, including the rock climbing wall, sport court and the bounce house.
Food and Wine Tasting: Fans are invited into the Intel Club (located on the suite level) to sample some of the concession items that will be offered at Dell Diamond in 2013. Additionally, fans 21 and older (with proper photo ID) will be allowed to sample a few of the wines available at the stadium.
Hot Air Balloons: Hot air balloons will be set up in the southwest parking lot at Dell Diamond, weather permitting, courtesy of Central Texas Ballooning Association.
Hot Dog Eating Contest: Open to all fans, the competition will take place on the concourse at noon.
Individual Game Ticket Sales: Starting at 10 a.m. in person at the box office and online at www.RoundRockExpress.com.
Junior Sluggers Sign-Up: Young fans will be able to sign up for Junior Sluggers in the Railyard Team Store.
Personal Baseball Card Photo: Fans can put on an Express jersey, pick up a bat and pose for their very own baseball card in the Express clubhouse.
Railyard Sale: The Railyard Team Store will have a sale with discounted merchandise.
RRISD Project Graduation 5K (8 a.m. - 10 a.m.): Northwest parking lot (adjacent to Old Settlers Park)
Scavenger Hunt: Fans will embark on an interactive self-guided tour of various areas of Dell Diamond. Each location will have a QR code that fans scan to receive more information on that unique aspect of the stadium and a clue for the next stop on the tour. Any fan who successfully completes the scavenger hunt will receive a Be Our Guest Card, good for two reserved-seat tickets for a regular-season Sunday through Thursday game.
Season Ticket Sales: Available season ticket seats will be tagged with balloons highlighting full-season seats, Fireworks Plus, Double Play and flex plan options.
Speed Pitch Test: Think you can throw some heat? Test your speed pitch like the pros in the Express home bullpen!
The Mustang Owners Club of Austin Charity Car Show (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.): South parking lot (adjacent to Hwy 79)
WCCHD Children's Health Festival: United Heritage Center
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