Two Hoosier favorite pastimes, baseball and basketball, come together when the Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball team hosts a Final Four Fan Fest on Saturday, March 31, 2012. With all the fun activities planned and inexpensive tickets, the RailCats continue their tradition of affordable family fun.

Join the RailCats for giveaways, contests, autograph sessions, baseball clinics, Q & A sessions and more! Previously held off-site, this year’s fest will give fans an opportunity to get a closer look at the U.S. Steel Yard with ballpark and Hall of History tours.

So where does basketball come in to play? After you’ve spent the afternoon (2pm to 5pm) meeting the players, going through the clinics and having a ball with the kids, it’s time to watch Final Four college basketball! The games will be aired at the stadium with chances for fans to win 1 of 20 prizes including a flat screen TV or one of many 4-pack prizes (golf passes, Bulls tickets, Fair Oaks Farms passes, Sox tickets, hats, t-shirts and more). There will also be a chili cook-off open to the first dozen entries, the winner of which will receive $100 Cat Coins, gift basket and a Chili’s Grill and Bar Restaurant gift card.

Don’t miss the other events: Pop-a-Shot contest, game of cat, free throw contest and one-on-one with Rusty and Rascal plus young kids activities including inflatables, a coloring area, Wii games and face painting.

Discounts will be given on tickets purchased prior to the event - $12 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. At the door, tickets will be $15 for adults and $10 for kids. Season ticket holders receive additional discounts.

Click here to purchase Fan Fest tickets or call 219-882-2255.

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