ARLINGTON -- The Rangers annual FanFest, once a modest one-day affair, is now expanding to two days, with events, attractions, interactive games and exhibits more fitting for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The event, which the Rangers are touting as being "bigger and better," will be held Jan. 22-23 at the Arlington Convention Center, with tickets available through texasrangers.com
Batting Cage -- Life-size batting cage with top-of-the-line pitching machine pitching safety balls to fans.
Speed Pitch -- Fans will get the opportunity to stand on a mound and test their arms.
Home Run Derby Field -- Fans can hit one "out of the park" -- literally. This mini-Rangers Ballpark will provide fun and entertainment for all ages.
Locker Room/American League Trophy display -- This great photo opportunity will allow fans to feel they are in the real Rangers clubhouse and have their pictures taken with the 2010 AL Trophy.
Ground Ball/Fly Ball catch -- Fans will be able to test their skills against a pop fly or ground ball in this area.
Team Photo Opportunity -- Fans will be able to have their picture taken with the 2010 team. FanFest will feature a life-size team photo cutout.
Lil Sluggers -- This interactive will be for the young Rangers fans (8 and under). It will be decorated with MLB Mascots -- kids can step up and hit the whiffle balls off a tee.
Event Stage -- Fans will be treated to Q&A sessions with current and former players, as well as special interest topics about the Texas Rangers.
Steal Home Challenge -- Fans can race against the clock from third base to home plate and compare their speed with their favorite Rangers.
Autograph Stages will be located in the main Exhibit Hall. Autograph signings will be posted approximately two hours in advance of each session and will include numerous current and former Rangers. Attendees will be announced as they are confirmed.
Photo Stage -- Throughout the event, fans will be able to get their photos taken with their favorite Rangers personalities.
Among the exhibits being planned:
History of U.S. Presidential Ceremonial First Pitches
Rangers Minor League Exhibit
Timeline of Major League Baseball Display
Timeline of the Texas Rangers Display
Women in Baseball Exhibit
Negro Leagues Exhibit
Latin American Baseball Exhibit
Evolution of Equipment
The event will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CT on Saturday, and noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission will be $15 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under for a one-day pass, and $25 for adults and $10 for children 13 and under for a two-day pass. Rangers season-ticket holders will be admitted for just $10 for a one-day pass and $15 for a two-day pass.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.