Royals plan tribute to Ventura at FanFest

Royals plan tribute to Ventura at FanFest

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced on Wednesday that there will be a special memorial tribute to Yordano Ventura at the entrance of Bartle Hall for this weekend's FanFest, which begins Friday and runs through Saturday.

In addition, each day of FanFest will begin with a moment of silence.

In loving memory: Yordano Ventura

Ventura died Sunday morning in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

The special tribute will feature a pitcher's mound in the center with a framed Ventura game-worn jersey, video boards showing highlights and a signature wall fans can sign.

Several Royals have committed to attending, including Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield, Danny Duffy, Chris Young, Paulo Orlando, Matt Strahm, Kelvin Herrera, Kyle Zimmer and newcomers Nathan Karns and Peter O'Brien.

All events inside are free with the price of admission. The 300,000-square foot space will have many new elements and various interactive stations, including batting cages, speed pitch and the popular 14-foot-high slide. To participate in these interactive stations, fans will need to register. They may do so online ahead of time and print or show a phone screen of the registration confirmation when entering FanFest. There will also be a booth to sign up at the convention center.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.