Monday, February 13, 2012

D-Backs Fan Fest Recap: Part 1

My buddy and I arrived at the D-Backs Fan Fest on Saturday, February 11th at about 7:30 am. We were prepared to wait 3+ hours in line in order to purchase autograph tickets for some of our favorite D-Backs players and coaches. We were probably around the 30th people in the general public line. Tickets were suppossed to go on sale to the general public at 10:30 am or whenever the line for Season Ticket Holders was complete "whichever comes first". The part in quotation marks is from the flyer that was handed out by D-Backs staff around 8:30 am. 10:30 am came and went and the Season Ticket Holders kept coming. The Season Ticket Holders were allowed to completely finish purchasing autograph tickets before the general public was allowed to purchase any autograph tickets. By the time we got up to a ticket window almost all the tickets were sold out. We had waited for over 3 hours and ended up not getting a single autograph ticket. Needless to say I was extremly frustrated and I voiced my concerns over how things were handled. I will keep you posted as to the results. We entered the stadium and got out Subway gift cards (I still haven't checked to see how much is on mine - it's somewhere between $1 and $500 - I'm guessing mine will be $1). We went down to the Yard Sale and I did purchase a few items including these three autographed 8 x 10's of former D-Backs. I got them for $2 each. I also got a $2 Augie Ojeda bobblehead that I did not have yet.

Kelly Johnson

Brandon Allen

Clay Zavada


  1. Totally sucks. I understand that they want to offer something special for the season ticket holders but there has to be a better way to do this thing.


  2. It sounds like they need to revamp the way the autograph tickets are sold. I like the Orioles Fanfest policy. They usually go on sale 2 weeks before FanFest on Ticketmaster. If you really want to get the autographs, you have to get them online because they are usually sold out on the day of the event. The ones that don't sell out are usually of scrub players that nobody cares about.

  3. I think they just got way more people there than they ever expected.

    I had pretty good luck. My kids got 7 autos each. Not Upton or Goldschmidt but they were happy.