From an initial pool of 22,000 applicants, Major League Baseball today revealed the nine fans who will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave, watch every single MLB game each day, chronicle their experience via social media, and compete with each other along the way for the right to stay in the MLB Fan Cave through the World Series. The nine “Cave Dwellers” campaigned extensively to be among 30 finalists earning a trip to Spring Training last week, then survived two days of interviews, challenges and other activities in Arizona to ultimately be selected by MLB as one of the final contestants.
The nine “Cave Dwellers” -- Ashley Chavez, Benjamin Christensen, Lindsay Guentzel, Shaun Kippins, Gordon Mack, Ricardo Marquez, Ricky Mast, Eddie Mata and Kyle Thompson -- will relocate from across the country later this month to the MLB Fan Cave, a 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village that was formerly the home of Tower Records. Currently being redesigned to feature new technology and interactive elements, the MLB Fan Cave is a unique event space mixing baseball with music, popular culture, media, interactive technology and art. Supported by MLB Advanced Media, it also serves as a content factory providing fans with a constant flow of online video and conversation via social media.
“The MLB Fan Cave in 2011 accomplished our goals of engaging fans via social media in an entirely new way, and now it’s time to take it to the next level,” said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. “Choosing these nine fans out of the 30 amazing finalists in Arizona last week was a difficult decision, but we’ve arrived at a truly entertaining group representing a wide range of our fan base. We think fans are really going to enjoy following their adventures online throughout the season while playing an active role in determining who gets to stay in the Fan Cave all season long.”
Click here to meet the Cave Dwellers.