The Cleveland Indians have released information regarding Tribe Fest 2016. Some of which is great, and some of which is… slightly less great. Tribe Fest is an annual gathering that takes place in January where Indians fans can meet players, get autographs and do all other sorts of fun, interactive stuff with the team.
General admission tickets will be available online-only starting on December 9 and are $5 per child or adult. Two Tribe fest sessions will take place January 30: One from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and another from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to guarantee your spot for an autograph, you can buy a ticket specifically for the autograph sessions--$20 per ticket for an Indians Alumni player autograph, and $25 for a current Indians player autograph session.
Players scheduled to appear at the event include Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis, Yan Gomes, Francisco Lindor, Lonnie Chisenhall, Bryan Shaw, Cody Anderson, Jeff Manship, Zach McAllister, Abraham Almonte, Jose Ramirez, and Giovanny Urshela. Most notably absent from this list is, sadly, Michael Brantley.
Normally the event takes place at the Tribe’s home park, Progressive Field, but due to the construction currently underway at the stadium, it has been moved to Aloft Cleveland Downtown in Flats East Bank. Another side effect of the construction is that the entirety of Tribe Fest will take place on one day, January 30. Last year’s event, for instance, took place on January 24 and 25 at Progressive Field.
Other activities will include a "celebrity bartending" session (which will presumably involve being served alcohol by Indians players and personnel) which will take place in two separate sessions: One from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and one from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. The bartending sessions are, understandably, only for attendees ages 21 and over (and also require a special $15 ticket), but for kids there will also be "face painters, caricature artists, temporary tattoo artists, inflatables, and visits with Slider and the hot dogs."
I would absolutely love to do a Let’s Go Tribe meetup at Tribe Fest this year, but right now I am not 100% sure I’ll be able to go. However, if you all would like to start planning a meetup in the comments I will join in the conversation just in case I can go and it can be scheduled for everyone else as well.