What To Expect From Marlins FanFest 2020: A Primer

The Miami Marlins will welcome their fans for the first time in 2020 with their annual FanFest event on Saturday, February 8th, from 3 to 7 PM.

FanFest is the first opportunity for Marlins fans to see and interact with the 2020 Miami Marlins players. It’s also the first chance to enjoy Marlins Park and its many amenities. Tickets for the event are free, and parking is complimentary as well. The club asks, though, that fans claim their complimentary ticket online.

The Marlins have been holding this event for years, going back to their days at what’s now Hard Rock Stadium. FanFest has always been a time of celebration for the club, both enjoying the past successes as well as anticipating the future.

This year, fans attending the event will get the chance to meet and interact with the 11 new Miami Marlins acquired this offseason. Those new players include first baseman Jesus Aguilar; catcher Francisco Cervelli; infielders Jonathan Villar and Sean Rodriguez; outfielders Corey DickersonMatt Joyce and Matt Kemp; as well as pitchers Yimi Garcia, Brandon KintzlerSterling Sharp and Stephen Tarpley.

It won’t just be the new players though, as each player on the 40-man roster is expected to be in attendance. Fan favorites like Miguel Rojas, Garrett Cooper, Caleb Smith and Brian Anderson should all be there, as well as All-Star Sandy Alcantara and Isan Diaz.

In addition to the current Marlins, fans will have a chance to meet and interact with a number of the club’s top prospects. 13 prospects have been invited to the Captain’s Camp at the Spring Training facility in Jupiter, and those players are also expected to be at FanFest. Among the Captain’s Camp invites are JJ Bleday, Peyton Burdick, Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr.Kameron Misner and Nasim Nunez.

MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 23: JT Riddle #10 of the Miami Marlins autographs his jersey. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

FanFest will feature player interaction in live interviews on the main stage; a batting cage experience with players; kids press conference with players in The 5th Base; as well as competing against players in Dominoes, Giant Jenga and Connect 4.

Other fan activities will include behind the scenes access to Miami’s Clubhouse and Dugout; photo opportunities with the 1997 and 2003 World Series Trophies; an interactive At the Wall Catch photo opportunity; a Virtual Home Run Derby; a Steal Home Challenge; a Dunk Tank and the Fox Sports Florida Broadcast Desk.

There will be kids activities like the Lil’ Sluggers T-Ball Field; a Mini Home Run Derby Field; a Create your own baseball card photo opportunity, as well as the Billy’s Boathouse themed playground and carnival games.

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For the adults, the Marlins are hosting their first BeerFest event of the season from 4 to 6 PM on the Legends Level. During the BeerFest, adults 21 years of age or older can enjoy samplings of domestic, international and local craft brews for just $15.

Food & Wine will also take place for adults during FanFest. Formerly known as Tómalo Suave, Food & Wine at FanFest is where adults 21 years of age or older can enjoy a flight of premium wines and curated food pairings for just $15. Food & Wine will take place on the Legends Level from 3:30PM – 6:30PM.

Tickets are limited for both of these activities.

Marlins FanFest kicks off the baseball season in South Florida, as it’s the last weekend before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. Also on February 8th, fans can purchase single-game tickets for the 2020 season for the first time.

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