Free event includes National Anthem Tryouts, Dodger Dog eating contest, goat yoga and much more
The Oklahoma City Dodgers will host their fifth annual Fan Fest Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The event is open to the public, and admission and parking are free.
Although it is not required, those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at okcdodgers.com/fanfest. Online registrants will be entered into a drawing to win a 4Topps nightly table rental during a 2019 OKC Dodgers game.
“Fan Fest has developed into an exciting tradition over the past few years,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “It’s that time on the calendar when fans are itching to get back to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and we are eager to host them as we get ready to begin a new season.”
This year’s Fan Fest will also coincide with the team’s annual National Anthem Tryouts, presented by The Oklahoman. Tryouts will take place on the Mickey Mantle Plaza from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and although all 125 registration slots filled up less than one week after registration opened in late January, standby performers will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
As a new addition to Fan Fest, 405 Yoga will lead a goat yoga class beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the right-center field grass berm. Goat yoga has become a new national trend, combining all-level yoga with animal-assisted therapy. The fee to participate is $25 and registration will soon be available through okcdodgers.com/fanfest. After the yoga class is over, the goats will join other furry friends in a petting zoo on the concourse.
Fan Fest will also feature the fourth annual Dodger Dog eating contest. The competition is open to all fans 18 and older, with separate divisions for male and female competitors. Whoever eats the most Dodger Dogs and buns in five minutes will receive a trophy and a 4Topps nightly table rental during a 2019 OKC Dodgers game, and the second-place finisher will be awarded a four-pack of field seats during a 2019 OKC Dodgers game. Registration is currently open.
Kids between the ages of 8-12 will also have their chance to eat their way to a prize, where all participants must find a piece of bubblegum buried within a plate of whipped cream without using their hands. The first participant to blow a bubble will win a special prize, and registration is now available.
The opportunities for competition will continue after the Dodger Dog eating contest, as the Dodgers will host Oklahoma City’s largest game of Simon Says. Whoever is still standing at the end will win a prize, and the game is open to participants of all ages.
Fan Fest will also include another edition of “Dugout Dialogue” with team broadcaster Alex Freedman and a special guest. Past sessions have featured 1991 National League Rookie of the Year Eric Karros and longtime Los Angeles Dodgers Manny Mota and Ron Cey. This year’s attendee will be announced at a later date.
Events also include behind-the-scenes tours of the ballpark, giving fans special access to areas they normally cannot see, such as the home clubhouse. While visiting the clubhouse, fans of all ages can take batting practice in the team’s indoor batting cages.
Team mascots Brix and Brooklyn will be available to take pictures with fans throughout the day. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities, including inflatable games, a balloon artist, a face painter and a T-shirt design station.
Fans who are at least 21 years old can sample a variety of Coop Ale Works products in the Coop Beer Garden. Cornhole and ladder ball will also be available to play.
Fans will have the chance to purchase ticket packages and pick their seats for the season, and ticket representatives will be on hand to assist and answer any questions. Anyone who purchases a ticket package -- or provides a referral of someone who purchases package -- during Fan Fest will receive a Dodgers hat and a 15 percent discount at the Team Store for the remainder of the day. Additionally, buyers will be entered into a drawing to win four tickets to the Oklahoma Fidelity Bank Club and a 4Topps nightly table rental during a 2019 OKC Dodgers game.
The OKC Dodgers Team Store will be open during the entirety of Fan Fest, with brand new merchandise for the 2019 season.
Free parking will be available in the Joe Carter Lot, located behind right field at the northeast corner of Reno and Joe Carter Avenues.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers open the 2019 season Thursday, April 4 against the San Antonio Missions at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.