Blue Jays to host first-ever Winter Fest in January

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Brett Gardner
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Brett Gardner /

The Toronto Blue Jays will host their first-ever “Winter Fest” event for fans of all ages at this Rogers Centre on January 20th.

The Toronto Blue Jays formally announced yesterday that they will be hosting a Fan Fest featuring autograph sessions involving current and past players including prospects as well as live entertainment, interactive experiences, games and tours to name a few of the events planned. The event gets underway at 10 am and will conclude at 6 pm.

In years past the Jays would travel to various locations around Canada with a few hand-picked players for their annual Winter Tour caravan. That tradition, however, will only take place in Vancouver this year due to the inaugural Winter Fest. If you’re a west-coaster the Vancouver event will run on January 12th and 13th.

Here is the official list of the fan activities that have been announced thus far.

"Some Current Players, Prospects and Alumni Appearances,Guest Appearances by Sportsnet Talent,Exclusive Ballpark Tours – including Clubhouse, Media & Radio Rooms, Control Room & TV Production and more!Spring Training Activities – including Catch & Throw Area,Jr. Jays Park – including face painters, airbrush artists, inflatables, games and more!Jays Care Foundation Garage Sale,Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Memorabilia Exhibit,Appearances and one-of-a-kind photo opportunities with ACE & Junior,Toronto Blue Jays Grounds Crew Exhibit,Blue Jays Baseball Academy instruction exclusively in the Toronto Blue Jays batting tunnel,Gaming Room & Virtual Reality Activities,Exclusive Season Ticket Member Lounge,Exclusive Winter Hat giveaway upon entrance *First 15,000 fans, upon entrance,Full concessions will be open for purchase,Many great photo opportunities!"

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Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 27th at 10 am and range from $5 to $20 depending your age with $5 going to support the Jays Care Foundation. Tickets will contain a unique code that will unlock a chance at the autograph sessions during the event. The autograph codes cannot be verified until December 08th at 10 am.

There will be a 6-ticket limit per person with the opportunity to purchase 2 tickets for the pre-determined autograph session if successful in the draw. A list of the players who will be in attendance will be announced at a later date.

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The Jays were one of the few teams around the majors that did not offer an exclusive fan appreciation event so hopefully, the Jays can hit it out of the park with this Winter Fest.