For the last three years, Montrealers who wanted to celebrate baseball in their hometown have had to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play exhibition games at the Olympic Stadium. But this year, Expos fans will have a day dedicated entirely to celebrating Nos Amours.
ExposFest takes place Sunday, April 3, the same weekend the Blue Jays are in town for two exhibition games against the Boston Red Sox. This Expos party doubles as a fundraiser for research on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a deadly brain tumour that took the life of 5-year-old Montreal girl Catherine Demes last year.
The event will feature autograph sessions and photo opportunities with former Expos, batting cages, baseball mascots, face painting and arcade games as well as an extensive collection of Expos memorabilia.
Admission is $7 for ages 12 and up and free for kids 11 and under when accompanied by an adult. Diehard Expos fans can take part in a VIP event where they’ll rub elbows with stars such as Ellis Valentine, Vladimir Guerrero, Steve Rogers and Andre Galarraga. Tickets for that event cost $150.
ExposFest is being held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Plaza Centre-Ville, 777 Robert Bourassa Blvd. All proceeds will be donated to the Montreal Children’s Hospital to help find a cure for DIPG. For more information, visit exposfest.com.