Mariners announce FanFest will not take place in 2018

SEATTLE - The Seattle Mariners announced Tuesday that the annual Mariners FanFest will not take place in January of 2018. It will resume in 2019.

Held in January each year, FanFest allows Mariner fans an opportunity to meet players, prospects, and coaches, tour the clubhouse, and pitch in the bullpen, among other activities. 

The one-year hiatus is due to the Safeco Field playing surface replacement project, which was completed in November. The new grass on the field will not be mature enough in January to allow fans to enjoy 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. “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 Mariners still plan to bring manager Scott Servais and a handful of players to the Northwest in January for appearances and events.