Over 30,000 fans filled Dodger Stadium on Jan. 27 in order to pump up their Boys in Blue for their upcoming spring training in the following weeks. The fan increase at the Dodgers annual FanFest has been insane after the Dodgers’ stellar performance in the 2017 World Series.
The Dodgers kick off spring training with a game against the Chicago White Sox, but not before holding a free festival to show their fans their love and appreciation for their support in the previous and upcoming seasons.
Many even got the chance to have face-to-face meet and greets with star players such as Justin Turner, Clayton Kershaw, Enrique Hernandez and many more.
Fans were pumped as they were able to openly explore Dodger Stadium and hear speeches from their favorite players, who pumped them up for opening day on March 29. Many players such as Turner spread what they call ‘Fan Love’ by going around Dodger Stadium and handing out signed baseball caps.
Fellow Coyote Andrew Aguirre worked Fan Fest and explained the event from a different perspective.
Q: How was it working Dodger Fan Fest?
A: Working the Dodger Fan Fest was such an amazing experience. Stressful but amazing seeing fans come from all over the United States and even outside of the country. I have never seen Dodger Stadium packed full on a regular Saturday other than the World Series.
Q: How pumped were Dodger fans to be there?
A: The Dodger fans were more than pumped to be there. It was a free event, so who wouldn’t want to come and experience being on the field that their favorite players play on, not to mention getting their autographs. The environment was one big happy Dodger family.
Q: What future do you see for the Dodgers in their upcoming season?
A: I see the Dodgers coming back stronger than they did last season. Their team chemistry last season was phenomenal and the comebacks they made were out of this world. Last year they were close, but I feel they learned what they needed to learn to make it to the World Series again.
Q: How intense was the number of fans that attended the event?
A: The number of fans that showed up was mind-blowing. They had lines going to the middle of the parking lot starting an hour prior to when doors open. It was really cool seeing the amount of love people really have for the Dodgers. For vendors, it was a little scary because we didn’t know how chaotic it would get or if there would be any fights. Luckily, everyone was respectful, and security had things moving smoothly.
Q: How was the set up for your booth?
A: Our booth setup was three tables and an EZ UP representing the Los Angeles Times. Normally at the games, we have one table but we knew the attendance for the fan fest would be tremendous, so we prepared to have long lines. We got exactly what was expected, and people were lined up at our booth from when the gates opened to when they closed. We hit record sales and had no breaks. Midway we had to close shop because we ran out of merchandise and had people waiting for an hour until our inventory associate came back with more.
After this warm welcome into the new year, many fans are hopeful this season is yet again going to be a great one for the Los Angeles Dodgers.