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Salvador Perez To Become a U.S. Citizen During Special Ceremony at FanFest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 22, 2020) – The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce catcher Salvador Perez will become a U.S. citizen on Friday, January 24 during Royals FanFest presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.

“I am grateful to this country for the many opportunities I have been given; including the ability to play professional baseball,” said Perez. “I thank God, my mother, my family, the Royals, and all those who have supported me during this process towards becoming a United States citizen.”

“Our entire organization and the community of Kansas City look forward to celebrating this historic and special moment in the life of Salvador Perez,” said Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Dayton Moore.

Perez, who passed the exam earlier this month, will be joined by Chief U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on the Main Stage at 4 p.m. to take the oath of allegiance. Following the ceremony, he will take questions from Royals broadcaster and host, Ryan Lefebvre.

Additionally, in support of the Kansas City Chiefs, fans are encouraged to wear red to the event on Friday. The 2020 Royals FanFest presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City will mark the seventh year that the Royals are hosting the event at the Kansas City Convention Center. The Club will utilize spacious Bartle Hall, which features a main exhibition hall to give fans plenty of room to view exhibits and enjoy the festivities.

Hours for the 2020 Royals FanFest are listed below.

2020 FANFEST HOURS

Friday, January 24

Noon to 2 p.m. Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members

2 p.m. to 9 p.m. FanFest Open to General Public

Saturday, January 25

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FanFest Open to General Public

Fans may secure Royals FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest. Online orders are subject to applicable service fees. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Royals Season Ticket Members should purchase online via the special link they will receive.

Ticket prices for Royals FanFest are as follows:

Friday – Youth $5

Friday – Adult $12

Saturday – Youth $5

Saturday – Adult $12

* Please note that youth prices are for children ages 6-17. Children five and under will be admitted for free.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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