NatsFest 2014 details announced with new venue

NatsFest 2014 details announced with new venue
December 13, 2013, 7:00 am
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The Washington Nationals have announced details for NatsFest 2014, with a new venue set to host the annual preseason celebration for fans. 

NatsFest will take place on Jan. 25 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Southern Maryland, one year after the event was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. Tickets went on sale Thursday morning and are available here.

Doors will open for season ticket holders at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25 with the general public allowed to enter at 11. The “baseball festival” as the Nats are calling it was a huge success last year. It features Q&A sessions with players and team officials, baseball skill challenges, photo shoots with fans and players, autograph sessions and much more. 

Last year nearly every player on the Nationals’ 40-man roster was in attendance with Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman and manager Davey Johnson as the only notable absences. Strasburg holds a charity event in San Diego in late January ever year and Zimmerman and Johnson were on vacation.

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New players Doug Fister, Jerry Blevins and Nate McLouth will likely be there to be introduced to fans, just as Denard Span and Dan Haren were last year. New skipper Matt Williams is expected to attend as well.

Tickets for NatsFest are cheaper if you buy them ahead of time. Adult passes are $20 if bought in advance and $25 the day of. Children’s tickets (age 12 and under) are $10 if purchased early and $15 if bought on Jan. 25. Season plan holders will get $5 off the price of admission if tickets are purchased in advance.

The Nats also charge an extra $25 for autograph vouchers and the availability is limited. If you hope to get your favorite piece of memorabilia signed by a Nats player, you may have to act soon.