ROUND ROCK, Texas - While the Round Rock Express players and coaches get warmed up for the season in Surprise, Arizona, fans can get in mid-season form at the annual Express Fan Fest on Saturday, March 25. Dell Diamond will transform into an interactive fun zone for fans of all ages during the 2017 Fan Fest, held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The yearly event gives fans the opportunity to enjoy a day at the ballpark full of entertainment for the whole family. From 10 a.m. - noon, fans can take batting practice on the field. After noon, the field will open up so fans can play catch in the outfield (bring a glove and ball). The Express bullpen will be set up for attendees to try and light up the radar gun. The ever-popular hot dog eating contest is back for kids and adults (pre-registration required) and fans will get an exclusive look inside the Express clubhouse as they take their very own baseball card photo. New this year, local Central Texas blog Round the Rock is partnering with the Express to bring fans a Summer Camp Fair highlighting all of the activities and camps available to children this summer in Central Texas. The fair will be hosted in the United Heritage Center during Fan Fest.
Single game tickets will be on sale during Fan Fest at the Dell Diamond ticket office. While at the stadium, fans will have the opportunity to scope out the exact seat location for their season memberships with packages including Full Season, Fireworks Plus and Fireworks Platinum plans. Registration for the Express Kids Club will also take place, plus great specials and giveaways.
2017 Express Fan Fest (10 a.m. - 2 p.m., unless otherwise noted):
Baseball Card Photos: Put on an Express jersey in the clubhouse and take your own baseball card photo - just like the pros!
Batting Practice (10 a.m. - noon): Fans are invited down to the field to take a few cuts at home plate. The Express will provide helmets and bats.
Beer Tasting: Brown Distributing will be providing beer tasting in the Beer Garden from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Ben Hur Shriner's Carnival: The west parking lot will host the Ben Hur Shiner's Carnival.
Bullpen Pitching: Think you can throw some heat? Toe the rubber like the pros and toss a few pitches in the Express home bullpen!
Catch on the Field: Bring your own ball and glove to run around and play catch in the outfield.
Express Fun Zone: Portions of the Express Fun Zone will be open, including the rock climbing wall, speed pitch, sport court and the bounce house.
Express Kids Club Sign-Up: Young fans will be able to sign up for the kids club on the concourse behind home plate and at Spike's Dog House.
Hot Dog Eating Contest: Open to all fans, the competition will take place at noon with both a kids and adult heat. Fans can sign up ahead of time online.
Individual Game Tickets: Tickets to individual games, including Opening Day, will be available for purchase during Fan Fest at the Dell Diamond ticket office and online at www.RoundRockExpress.com.
Petting Zoo: The area under the first base gate awning will transform into a petting zoo filled with a variety of Spike's four-legged friends.
Railyard Sale: Stop by the Railyard Team Store and check out new merchandise and browse the annual sale.
Round the Rock Summer Camp Fair: Looking for the perfect summer camp for your little one? Check out all the options that Central Texas has to offer this year. The camp fair will take place inside the United Heritage Center and is free for fans.
Season Memberships: Available season membership seats will be tagged with flags highlighting Full Season and Fireworks plans.
The Mustang Owners Club of Austin Charity Car Show: Come check out some of the coolest rides around in the suite parking lot (adjacent to Hwy 79).
Scavenger Hunt: Fans will embark on a self-guided tour of various areas of Dell Diamond. Each location will have a clue that will give fans more information on a unique aspect of the stadium and a hint 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 home game.
Train Rides: Take a ride on the E-Train! Free train rides will be available outside of the United Heritage Center.
The Express open the 2017 season on Thursday, April 6 against the Nashville Sounds (Oakland Athletics affiliate). Single game tickets, season memberships, Flex Plans and Kids Club packages are on sale now. For more information on the Express, visit www.RoundRockExpress.com or call (512) 255-2255. Keep up with the Express on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter!