A Guide to FanFest

The view of the field from FanFest 2011. (Photo: acordova/Flickr)

The Giants are hosting their annual FanFest at AT&T Park this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature Q&A sessions with players from the past and the present, autograph booths, and more. Here are some tips that will help you navigate through the day.

Leave the car at home if possible

Just like with games, it’s tough to find parking in the city. There is free parking in Lot A available, but if that space is full, you might be out of luck. However, the park is easily accessible through the BART, the MUNI, and CalTrain.

Get there early

By 9 a.m. at last year’s FanFest, the line to enter stretched from the Willie Mays gate to well past the O’Doul gate. The gates were closed by 11 a.m. and no one was allowed in after because they had reached maximum capacity. There’s no telling if the attendance will increase or decrease this year, so it’s best to get to the park early. Arriving at or before 9 a.m. would be ideal.

Ticket on-sales

Single game tickets for the 2012 season go on sale at 8 a.m. and can be purchased at the park. Be prepared because that line might end up being ridiculous.

The autograph lines

It goes without saying how crazy the lines for autographs will be. What is not said on the FanFest page but is likely to be in effect again is that the players at autograph booths will be rotating without prior notice. As in 2011, you may be lining up for a Sergio Romo autograph, but by the time you get to the booth, Aubrey Huff might be there. Plan it wisely and timely.

Walk on the field

No, seriously. It’s awesome. You can pretend you’re Tim Lincecum trying to strike out 9 guys in a game or pretend to throw out Huff at first base.

Enjoy, have fun, and — best of all — baseball’s just around the corner.

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