The fourth annual Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, returns this weekend with a new location and a new cast of characters for fans of all ages.
This Saturday, January 30, fans from across the region can meet and interact with some of their favorite members of the Cleveland Indians organization at Aloft Cleveland Downtown and the Ernst & Young Tower lobby in Flats East Bank as the annual event relocates due to the ongoing construction at Progressive Field.
While fans may be disappointed that they will not have the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the renovations being done at the Indians’ home in downtown Cleveland, which includes significant work behind the home plate area and the installation of a new scoreboard in left field, there will be plenty for fans in attendance to do at Tribe Fest’s new, temporary location, including face painting, caricature artists, temporary tattoo artists, inflatables, and appearances from Slider and the Indians Hot Dog derby racers.
General admission tickets and autograph session tickets are available via Indians.com/TribeFest. There will be two primary sessions for Tribe Fest, a 9 AM to 2 PM session and a 2 PM to 7 PM session.
Tickets are just $5 for adults and kids three and up to enter the event and must be printed from home prior to the event. Additional fees apply if purchasing tickets for the different autograph sessions. Those options are priced in two different tiers – Indians roster ($25 per session) or Alumni ($20 per session) – and are available at different times throughout the day, although each session is capped at 130 fans apiece.
Current roster players expected (but subject to change) include: Cody Allen, Abraham Almonte, Cody Anderson, Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Yan Gomes, T.J. House, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Francisco Lindor, Jeff Manship, Zach McAllister, Danny Salazar, Bryan Shaw, Giovanny Urshela, and others. Newest members of the club, Rajai Davis and Mike Napoli, are also scheduled to make their first Indians appearances.
Former Tribe players scheduled to make an appearance throughout the day are Carlos Baerga, Ellis Burks, Mike Hargrove, and Jaret Wright, as well as current manager Terry Francona and first base coach Sandy Alomar. Other current players and executives may also be on hand.
In addition to autograph sessions, there will also be a celebrity bartending event at WXYZ Lounge (at Aloft) that will require the purchase of a $15 ticket in order to attend. Fans 21 and over there will have an additional opportunity to interact with players in attendance. These sessions will occur twice throughout the day Saturday from 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM and again from 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM.
A portion of bar sales will benefit the Cleveland Indians Charities.
On the main stage, several fun events are scheduled. Indians players will participate in “Minute to Win It” at 1 PM, “The Teammate Game” at 3:30 PM, and “Pictionary” at 4:45 PM. Chats with president Chris Antonetti, beloved broadcaster Tom Hamilton, alumni and more will also occur throughout the day.
Parking will be available at several surface lots in Flats East Bank, the garage next to Aloft Cleveland Downtown, and via valet outside Aloft. The waterfront line serving the Flats East Bank will also be open.
The event, which has previously been a two-day festival, is limited to just one day with the location change. Due to the change in number of days and location, ticket availability is limited and fans are encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible, especially for the limited autograph sessions.
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