The Nats released information on the 1st ever NatsFest and the continuation of the popular Winter Caravan with a 1st ever stop in Annapolis which is located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland which happens to be the County that Mark Teixeira grew up in.
A coincidence, or is this a planned marketing move in case Mark Teixeira becomes a Nat whereby he can be on display in his Hometown to drum up Season Ticket holders? Geographically, this is the 1st time the Nats Caravan has treaded into a transitional county between the Washington and Baltimore Beltways. The transitional counties are Anne Arundel, Howard and Frederick Counties in Maryland.
12/16/2008 11:36 AM ET
Washington Nationals announce 2009 Winter Caravan and NatsFest
”The Washington Nationals today announced the schedule for their 2009 Winter Caravan, as the team will make several stops throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including visits to Annapolis, MD, Martinsburg, WV, and Richmond, VA. The Winter Caravan will take place Thursday, Jan. 22 through Monday, Jan. 26 and include NatsFest, the first-ever FanFest at Nationals Park, on Sunday, Jan. 2
The Caravan is an opportunity for the Nationals team members to connect with their fans and the community in the region before they head to Viera, FL for the start of the Spring Training season in mid-February. Nationals players, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters will take part in appearances throughout the city and surrounding areas during the five-day event. The Caravan will begin with a stop in Martinsburg, WV on Thursday, Jan. 22. Players will compete in a celebrity cook-off at the ESPN Zone in Washington, DC on Friday, Jan. 23. The team will make an appearance in Richmond, VA on Saturday, Jan. 24 and return to the District for Sunday’s NatsFest. The Caravan will conclude on Monday, Jan. 26 with visits to Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Southwest Washington and Children’s National Medical Center.
NatsFest, which will be open to the public, will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Nationals players through autograph, photograph and question-and-answer sessions. Nationals executives will also take part in a Q&A with fans. All Nationals Season Ticket Holders are eligible for four complimentary tickets per account. Information on how to receive these tickets will be sent to Season Ticket Holders via an e-mail on Wednesday, Dec. 17. All Nationals fans may purchase tickets beginning Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m., online at www.nationals.com/natsfest, by calling 1-888-632-NATS (6287) or at the Nationals Park Main Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). The cost of the event is $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. The Nationals Park Box Office will be closed from Tuesday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, Jan. 4 while the Nationals Executive Offices are closed for the holidays.
Additional information on the Winter Caravan and NatsFest, including player participation and a full list of Caravan stops, will be released the week of Jan. 12th.
Season Ticket packages for the 2009 season may be purchased by calling a Nationals sales representative at 202-675-NATS (6287) – Option #1 Monday through Friday during the regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or by visiting nationals.com.