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Nationals Announce 2011 NatsFest Schedule03/23/2011 5:24 PM ET
With Opening Day nearly a week away, the Washington Nationals today announced the official schedule of events for the 2011 NatsFest, set to take place on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. For the first time in team history, the Nats will hold their annual fan appreciation festival the day before Opening Day.
The third annual NatsFest will feature activities for fans of all ages and offer unprecedented access to Nationals players, prospects, coaches and executives. Future Nationals scheduled to participate include Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Derek Norris, Chien-Ming Wang and Cole Kimball*. For a complete list of events, please see below.
Prior to gates opening to the general public at 4:00pm, Nationals season ticket holders will have exclusive access to a Q&A session featuring Nationals players, coaches and executives beginning at 3:30pm. Season ticket holders must bring their NatsFest tickets (located in their season ticket book) to gain early entry into Nationals Park starting at 3:00pm. In addition, season ticket holders can participate in a special photo session with select players at 6:45pm.
The first 5,000 fans will receive a free curly "W" slingbag. Tickets for this year's NatsFest are now available and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Tickets may be purchased online at nationals.com/natsfest or by visiting the Nationals Park Main Box Office (Half and N Streets, SE). Concessions will be available for purchase and limited free parking will be offered in Nationals Park Garages B and C.
Opening Day tickets for March 31 are moving fast, but a limited number of seats are still available to see the Nats take on their NL East rival the Atlanta Braves. Fans who can't make it to the season opener can celebrate baseball's return to Washington by purchasing tickets to the two remaining games in the Braves series the first weekend in April. A trip to Nationals Park on Saturday, April 2 at 1:05pm and Sunday, April 3 at 1:35pm are the perfect way to welcome springtime to Washington, so visit nationals.com/tickets to purchase tickets for these and future games.
Fans can watch the team practice as they prepare to take on the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day.
Following the team practice, fans will be able to venture down to the Warning Track to meet Nationals players and coaches.
By showing their NatsFest tickets (located in their season ticket book), season ticket holders will have a special opportunity to take photos with Nationals players. This exclusive event will feature two sessions of three to five photo stations consisting of two players each. (SEASON TICKET HOLDERS ONLY)
Nationals players, coaches and broadcasters will field questions from fans in three Q&A sessions moderated by VIP hosts. A live band will play intermittently between sessions and food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Fans will be able to register to take part in Q&A sessions with a panel of current and former MLB players.
In this kids-only event, fans 12 and under can take photos with Nationals catchers.
For a $5 donation to the Dream Foundation, fans over the age of eight will be able to register for a chance to compete in a Guitar Hero contest, with the day's high score winner ultimately facing off against a Nationals player in the final round live on the NatsHD Video Board at 7:50pm
- Registration is on a first come, first serve basis in Center Field Plaza beginning at 4:00pm
Fans will be able to enter their names into a free raffle to race the GEICO Racing Presidents on the Warning Track. Fifteen children and five adults will be selected to race against Abe, George, Tom and Teddy in four heats of five.
- Registration will take place at 4:00pm near the GEICO Racing Presidents photo location
- Raffle winners will be announced at 6:00pm
For a $5 donation to the Dream Foundation, fans of all ages will have an opportunity to hit live pitches in a Major League batting cage.
- Space is limited; Participation will be on a first come, first serve basis
To RSVP for NatsFest, please contact Alexandra Schauffler at (202) 640-7702 or Alexandra.Schauffler@nationals.com.
*All player appearances are subject to change
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