First Royals FanFest starts on Friday

First Royals FanFest starts on Friday

KANSAS CITY -- You can take a swing, get an autograph, buy a brick and do lots of other stuff at the first Royals FanFest.

A busy two-day program runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. CT on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Overland Park (Kan.) Convention Center.

You can meet new manager Trey Hillman and many Royals players, from Gil Meche to Mark Teahen to Billy Butler to Tony Pena. Newcomers Jose Guillen, Ron Mahay and Miguel Olivo were added on Monday to a list of more than 20 players scheduled to appear along with coaches and Royals alumni.

There will be autograph sessions and photo shoots for camera-toting fans, along with batting cages and speed-pitch, interactive games for kids, a parade of players and presentations on the main stage, a team store and a silent auction of memorabilia.

This is where you can buy Kauffman Stadium seats that have been removed during the renovation. This is also where you can purchase a personalized brick to be placed in Kauffman's grand walkway, and where you can pick up replicas of the new powder blue jerseys.

Practice your warbling. You can audition to sing the national anthem before a game.

For ticket information, more details of the two-day FanFest, schedules and a floor plan of attractions, click here.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go to Royals charities.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.