Former Rookie of the Year and Los Angeles Dodgers great Eric Karros scheduled to appear;

Free fan event includes behind-the-scenes tours and Dodger Dog eating contest


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Dodgers will host their third annual Fan Fest Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Those interested in attending can currently RSVP at okcdodgers.com/fanfest.


“Fan Fest has become an event that is highly anticipated by our fans,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “We can’t wait to open up the gates to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and get Oklahoma City ready for baseball season.”


Gates will open at 10 a.m., and the festivities will begin at 10:30 with a question-and-answer session with former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman and 1992 National League Rookie of the Year Eric Karros. Karros played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 12 with the Dodgers. He hit 30 or more home runs in a season five times, and his 270 career home runs as a Los Angeles Dodger are a team record. 


Karros will be available for autographs at 11:30 a.m. in the Legends Lounge.


Fan Fest will also feature the second annual Dodger Dog eating contest at 11 a.m. The competition is open to fans 18 and older, and it will be limited to five participants each in both men’s and women’s divisions. Whoever eats the most Dodger Dogs and buns in five minutes will receive a trophy and a 4Topps nightly table rental during a 2017 OKC Dodgers game. Registration is currently open at okcdodgers.com/fanfest.


Fans can watch the area’s top adult home run hitters put on a power display during a home run derby beginning at noon.


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 will have the chance to purchase ticket packages and pick their seats for the season. Ticket representatives will be on hand to assist and answer any questions, and the ticket office will be open to sell single-game tickets.  The OKC Dodgers Team Store will be open with brand new merchandise for the 2017 season, with certain items in the store on clearance.


Fan Fest will also coincide with the OKC Dodgers CommUNITY Run. The 5K and 1K fun run will start at the ballpark and finish on the field. Additionally, a special kids run will take place on the field. All entry fees and monetary donations at the event will go directly to the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation and the OKC Police Athletic League. For more information or to register, please visit okcdodgers.com.


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 2017 season Thursday, April 6 against the Iowa Cubs at 7:05 p.m. at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. For more information about Fan Fest or the 2017 OKC Dodgers season, visit okcdodgers.com or call (405) 218-1000.