ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals have scheduled their annual Winter Warm-Up event for Jan. 19-21, and tickets for the three-day baseball extravaganza will be available for purchase beginning Friday, Nov. 23.
Winter Warm-Up weekend boasts several opportunities for fans to interact with current and past Cardinals players, as well as engage in question-and-answer sessions with players, broadcasters and front-office officials. Interactive games, meet-and-greets with Fredbird and auctions are also staples of the fan-fest event.
Cardinals Care, the organization's charitable arm, is the biggest beneficiary of Winter Warm-Up, as money raised through the event helps fund the Cardinals Care programs in the St. Louis area. Over the past 16 years, Cardinals Care has donated approximately $18 million toward programs and grants for children.
Tickets for Winter Warm-Up cost $40 for fans age 16 and over and $10 for children ages 5 to 15. Children under the age of 5 can attend for no charge. Each ticket is valid for admission on all three days of the Warm-Up.
The three-day passes can be purchased online at cardinals.com/winterwarmup, at the official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium or at Cardinals Clubhouse stores in the St. Louis area. Members of the military, police departments and fire departments can receive one free adult pass by showing an active ID ahead of time at the Busch Stadium administrative offices.
The event will again be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch hotel. The sessions on Saturday and Sunday go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Monday's event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
One of the most popular parts of the Winter Warm-Up is the player autograph sessions. Some player autographs will be free with admission. Other autographs will be available only with the purchase of autograph tickets, which require an additional donation.
Information on player autograph dates/times, as well as required donations where necessary, will be posted on cardinals.com in December. Autograph tickets will then go on sale Dec. 19.
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