For York Revolution fans, the wait is almost over.
The defending Atlantic League champions started their spring workouts earlier this week. The team's annual Fan Fest is set for Saturday, April 21. And the season opener is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 26, at PeoplesBank Park against the Revs' rivals from across the Susquehanna River, the Lancaster Barnstormers.
The Revs' fans can get an early look at the team during Saturday's Fan Fest at the downtown York ballpark.
At the moment, the forecast for Saturday's event looks fairly promising — partly cloudy with a high temperature in the high 50s, winds of less than 10 mph and only a 10 percent chance of rain.
The highlight of the day is an exhibition game pitting players from the local Susquehanna and Central leagues against the Revs at 2 p.m.
The day starts with an audition for would-be national anthem singers from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Then, at 12:30 p.m., there will be a variety of games and on-field activities for fans. Revolution players and coaches will also be available for autographs, photos and more.
“Baseball officially starts on opening day, but for fans — including us on the staff — the season really kicks off at Fan Fest,” said Revolution president Eric Menzer in a recent news release. “We are thrilled to be that much closer to defending our (Atlantic League) title and welcoming back the best fans in professional baseball. We know they are as hungry as we are for baseball, so we’ve packed a day full of baseball fun into this year’s event.”
In addition, 1,000 fans will receive a free "Revs Time" yard sign presented by Shipley Energy. Homeowners who post pictures of their signs on display on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #RevsTime will be entered to win a free year of electricity from Shipley Energy.
Admission on Saturday is $5 per person. The event is free for full-season ticket holders and $3 for mini-plan ticket holders. Gates will open to the public at 11 a.m., and PeoplesBank Park will host a special game between York and Hanover Little League teams at 11:30 a.m.
During the home opener, on April 26, the team will celebrate the Revolution's third Atlantic League championship since 2011. The first 1,000 fans that night will be presented with a hat honoring that title, courtesy of WellSpan Sports Medicine.
In addition, when the returning members of the 2017 Revs' roster receive their championship rings on opening night, one Revolution fan, chosen at random, will be on the field to receive one as well.
The team ordered one extra ring in the offseason and, in place of the player name appearing on each of the Revs’ rings, emblazoned it with “RevsFan.”
Game time April 26 is 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call 717-801-4487 or visit yorkrevolution.com or the PeoplesBank Park ticket office.