Has anyone ever been to a Giants Fan Fest? We are goingfor the first time and I am not sure what to expect. Any tips or recommendations are much appreciated.

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Comment by Bweez Girl on January 24, 2010 at 3:29pm
This would be our first time. How early do you suggest getting there?
Comment by Big Pillow on January 21, 2010 at 11:08am
Here's more info on who's scheduled to appear and some general autograph rules: http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/fan_forum/fanfest.jsp
Comment by Junior (17) on January 14, 2010 at 3:24pm
Fanfest is on feb 6th at AT&T park. It is a free event sponsored by knbr where you can get player autographs, tour the stadium/ clubhouse. Go to the giants site for info under the fan knbr section.
Comment by Evan (13) on January 14, 2010 at 3:05pm
Hey Junior, I should know this ... but what and when is the SF Giants Fan Fest?
Comment by Big Pillow on January 14, 2010 at 12:05am
I think it starts at 10 and there's usually line to get into the park. People have their own agendas and spread out once the gates open. In just a little while though the line is gone. I'm not much into looking for autographs, so I spend my time finding out who and where the interviews are and looking for what ballpark food I want to eat.

A bunch of people head for the Clubhouse so there's always a line at the beginning of the day, but usually by the middle of the day there's hardly one. If you're looking for the autographs, get a map. The autograph booths were spread out throughout the park. Last year one was at first base (the line went up the aisle), one at third, one just at left of center near the Coke bottle and one on the club level third base side. Not sure if there were more.
Comment by Junior (17) on January 12, 2010 at 5:29pm
Cool, thanks for the reply and advice. How early do you recommend getting there? I assume that it gets crazy since it's free. I am an autograph hound, so I will be trying to get a couple.
Comment by Big Pillow on January 12, 2010 at 11:25am
Been there for the past 5 years. So this is based only on what went on in the years prior. They make slight changes every year. They didn't even have it in the ballpark the first couple years I went.

If you're an autograph hound, there's 4 or 5 booths with 3 or 4 players/coaches. Crazy lines for the autographs. And the signers rotate. So it's possible you could be standing in line for Lincecum and Sandoval, then you get near the front of the line and then they switch.

Ballpark food is available. Parking is free. There's a few things for kids (and young at heart adults) check how fast you can run, how fast you can pitch. I love the interviews. You can sit in most of seats in the lower box and club level. I think they closed off the Arcade and View levels. Last year we got to go on field, one year it was tore up for some moto-x thing, one year it was closed entirely. You can tour the clubhouse (lines in the morning that die off at the end of the day) and they have game used items for sale.

One piece of advice: as much as you would like to sit in the sun, once lunch time approaches, don't have lunch in the open air. Seagulls everywhere. I saw a family of four get sprayed in a perfect line like a dive bomber.
Comment by Katie (28) on January 11, 2010 at 4:10pm
I don't know much about the Giants... but the MN "Twinsfest" is so popular that it sells out right away. You can buy tickets, eat a hotdog, get all excited for the upcoming season. It's more of a family event in MN- TC the bear makes an appearance, you can get autographs signed.
Comment by Craig (17) on January 10, 2010 at 9:12pm
I haven't been to a fan fest before as I have never lived in a city where I was a fan of the home team. Let us know how it goes...

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