Seattle Mariners

Mariners FanFest? Not in 2018

Staff report

A young fan waits to get an autograph during Mariners Fanfest at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The team announced the event will not be held in 2018.
A young fan waits to get an autograph during Mariners Fanfest at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The team announced the event will not be held in 2018. Staff photographer

The Seattle Mariners announced the annual Mariners FanFest will not take place in January of 2018. FanFest will return in January of 2019.

The one-year hiatus is due to the Safeco Field playing surface replacement project, which was completed in November. The new grass will not be mature enough to allow fans to enjoy the activities on the field.

“FanFest is predicated on our fans, especially our young fans, being able to take the field, run the bases, hit a home run and play catch in the outfield,” said Kevin Mather, president & CEO in a statement released by the team.

“While disappointing, we felt a one-year break in FanFest was a better option than having an event that didn’t provide the full experience our fans deserve.”

The annual Mariners Caravan (featuring players, broadcasters and staff) will visit 19 cities in Washington, Oregon and Vancouver, B.C., over a three-week stretch from Jan. 8-26.

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