H-E-B Big League Weekend Fan Fest Expands to Include Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier

February 19, 2016 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express News Release

SAN ANTONIO, TX - H-E-B Big League Weekend Fan Fest is getting a major league makeover. Ryan Sanders Baseball announced an expanded Fan Fest held March 18 and 19 at Sunset Station, one block north of the Alamodome.

Highlighting the two-day event is a qualifying contest for Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Saturday, March 19. World-ranked eaters Nate Biller (22nd), Mary Bowers (39th) and Bam Martinez (44th) are already scheduled to compete for a seat. Fans can register for the competition at MajorLeagueEating.com and win the chance to compete with the likes of current champion Matt Stonie and the legendary Joey Chestnut. Around 10 qualifying contests are held each year for the annual July 4th hot dog eating event, awarding each winner a trip to New York City.

Additionally, Reckless Kelly will host a pregame concert at Sunset Station Saturday, starting the party before the Rangers and Royals face off at the Alamodome at 2 p.m.

The interactive family-friendly event is free for fans to attend.

Inside the Alamodome:

The annual Sports Collectible Show will be held both Friday and Saturday, featuring the 2015 World Series trophy. The American League Championship trophies from 2010 and 2011 (Rangers) and 2014 and 2015 (Royals) will also be on display. As part of the show, former Rangers legend Jim Sundberg and Astros legend JR Richards will be signing autographs and fans can bring in their own personal memorabilia to receive a free appraisal.

Kings of the Diamond Dinner

In addition to the jam-packed weekend, the schedule of events includes the third annual "Kings of the Diamond" dinner-featuring Hall of Fame legends Nolan Ryan and George Brett-taking place on Thursday, March 17 (6PM), at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk. The event will benefit the Nolan Ryan Foundation and The Miracle League of San Antonio, Nolan Ryan is the only player to have his jersey retired by three different teams! Inducted in the 1999 Baseball Hall of Fame Class with Ryan, 13-time All-Star George Brett spent his entire professional career with the Kansas City Royals. He's the only MLB player with a batting title in three different decades (1976, 1980 and 1990). To purchase a table or individual tickets at the Kings of the Diamond dinner, go to www.bigleagueweekend.com.

Postgame Concerts

Friday, March 18, Grammy nominee Pat Green takes the stage immediately following the evening game. The Texas Country pioneer has released six albums in eight years, sending singles like "Wave on Wave" and "Let Me" flying up the charts. His newest album, "Home," was released earlier this year featuring a set of original songs in a mature country sound that is both modern and true to his Texas music roots. The Spazmatics, the Ultimate New Wave 80s Show, take the stage after the game on Saturday, March 19. Bringing a high-energy show to the Alamodome, The Spazmatics play classic 80s sing-a-long hits guaranteed to get the crowd moving.

General Event Info

- Tickets to see the AL West champion Texas Rangers and the World Series champion Kansas City Royals battle it out at the Alamodome start at $10.

- Friday's game starts at 7pm and Saturday's game at 2pm.

- Want to watch the games in luxury? A few suites remain for both Friday and Saturday's games but they're going fast so don't wait!

- Thinking about bringing a large group to the game? Discounted tickets are available for groups of 20 or more.

To purchase tickets or for more information on H-E-B Big League Weekend, please visit www.bigleagueweekend.com.

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