Smaller crowd, but same enthusiasm expected at San Francisco Giants FanFest 

click to enlarge An estimated 20,000 is expected to attend Saturday's FanFest event at AT&T Park. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • An estimated 20,000 is expected to attend Saturday's FanFest event at AT&T Park.

As was expected after the Giants’ first world championship in 52 years, last year’s FanFest was one of records.

Roughly 35,000 to 40,000 fans — die-hards and front-runners alike — swarmed AT&T Park in hopes of getting within earshot of their favorite players.

This year’s attendance is expected to be smaller.

An estimated 20,000 will flock to the ballpark on King Street on Saturday for the 19th annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest.

But just to have their bases covered for the free event, organizers have prepared for a 40,000-fan turnout.

And while getting an autograph from pitching ace Tim Lincecum may be a priority, organizers are encouraging people not to spend their entire day in a lengthy line for a signature.

“There’s so much more to FanFest than getting an autograph,” Giants spokeswoman Shana Daum said, stressing that players will be rotated on an hourly basis from various booths and stages.

But to comfort eager and patient fans, an additional autograph booth will be located in center field.

In all, there will be six signing booths — three on the field, and three in the view level.

Among the festivities, KNBR’s main stage will appropriately be at home plate, while two Q&A stages will be along the first- and third-base lines in the club level.

Parking will also be free at AT&T Park lots and will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Festivities are slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Individual game tickets are set to go on sale at 8 a.m.

Donations to the Giants Community Fund will also be accepted. Last year’s FanFest raised about $30,000.

 

Flocking to FanFest

WHEN: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: AT&T Park

ADMISSION: Free

PARKING: Free at AT&T Park lots

INFO: www.sfgiants.com

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