Yesterday, I attended the first day of the All Star Fan Fest in downtown Phoenix. I took the lightrail down, as parking downtown is usually A: expensive and B: a joke. I got my ticket, which, by the way, if you are a college student, using your college ID comes in handy because it gets you $5 off the admission price, which is $30, unless you bought tickets already in advance with your All Star Game package. *I got tickets with mine but they are for Tuesday and I cannot use them...so if anyone needs tickets for that day, I happen to have 3 available...*
I met up with my friend Mark once I got inside and we began to check things out. We came away with many different pins from The Pin Man. If you go there, tell them you were recommended by April & Mark. Also, every hour on the hour from 10:00-4:00, they give away a free pin to the first 100 fans in line (this is at the All Star Fan Fest Pin Trading area)...I got 4 out of the 6 since we found out about it after 11:00.
There are many fun interactive things for both kids and adults to do...Fox Sports Arizona's Fantasy Play-By-Play is one of the fun ones, offering the fan 5 different video clips to be the broadcaster on...I did the Chris Young walkoff homer vs. the Padres for mine. There's also a chance to audition to be an MLB network on-site reporter (I did that one...it was fun), there's a place where you can have your photo taken and put on a baseball card of your own to keep, and so much more!
I really enjoyed Fan Fest...this one was my first actual one seeing it all from beginning to end as a fan. The other one I've been to, which I worked all 5 days of, was the one held in Denver in 1998 when the Rockies hosted the All Star Game. I ran the Fantasy Play-By-Play booth there and really had fun watching fans be broadcasters. After my shifts each day, I'd hang out and do some of the interactive things, meet players/get player autographs (I met the legendary Don Larsen that way), and enjoy Fan Fest too.
So if you are in the area and have the chance to take in the festivities, I say DO IT!