Baltimore Orioles Cancel 2020 FanFest

The Baltimore Orioles are done with FanFest.

The annual festival, which began in 1989 and took place each winter to offer fans the chance to meet players and staff, purchase memorabilia, and more.

An Orioles official speaking anonymously off-the-record told The Baltimore Sun, "The Orioles are focused on finding new, meaningful ways to engage with fans. Our goal is to create more personalized experiences that better allow fans to connect with players, alumni, front office and the organization as a whole."

The team is entering year two of a complete overhaul after essentially dismantling the team during the 2017 season and bringing Mike Elias on board as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Orioles.

"All facets of the organization are being evaluated with fresh eyes. The Orioles are committed to providing the strongest community impact possible, and are focusing their efforts to re-imagining events and initiatives that will create the widest reach," added the Orioles official.

During the teams successes between 2013 and 2017, FanFest was attended by around 15,000 people per year. That number dipped to around 8,000 during the most recent FanFest in January 2019.

Source: The Baltimore Sun

Photo Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images

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