11/19/2010 12:21 PM ET
Nearly two-thirds of Rays tickets will stay the same price or decrease in 2011
ST. PETERSBURG -- The 2010 American League East Champion Tampa Bay Rays announced that prices for 62 percent of their tickets will remain the same or decrease for the 2011 season.
In addition, the Rays will change game times at Tropicana Field next season. Monday through Thursday games in April and May will start at 6:40 p.m. All other weekday games - including all Fridays - will start at 7:10 p.m. with the exception of nine dates scattered throughout the season. Saturday game times will be announced at a later date, and Sundays will start at 1:40 p.m.
"Our ticket pricing, as well as the change in game times, reflects our commitment to keeping Rays baseball at Tropicana Field affordable and accessible to our fans, especially for families," said team President Matt Silverman. "Upper Deck pricing for 30 of our games is $9, and more than one million tickets are priced at $25 or less."
In 2009 the Rays were named by ESPN the Magazine as the most affordable team among the four major professional sports and in 2010 were ranked third out of the 122 teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association.
For the sixth consecutive year, the Rays will continue to provide carpoolers access to free parking in team-controlled lots. As in 2010, vehicles with four or more passengers will continue to park free in team-controlled lots for all Sunday games, subject to availability. For all other games, the first 100 cars with four or more will park for free up to an hour before game time, with other main lot Tropicana Field parking rates ranging from $15 to $20 per vehicle.
The Rays will also continue to be one of the few teams with the family-friendly policy allowing fans to bring food and select beverages into the ballpark.
For 2011, there will be four categories of individual ticket pricing: Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver. All ticket prices for each game are subject to change at the Rays discretion. Diamond games are all Friday, Saturday and Sunday games versus the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals. Platinum games include Monday through Thursday games vs. the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox as well as Opening Day, April 1 vs. the Baltimore Orioles when the Rays will raise the 2010 American League East Championship banner. Gold games include the remaining Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. Silver games include the remaining weekday games in which both Upper Box and Upper Reserved seats will be $9.
"While we emphasize affordability in our single-game prices, the best value for our fans will continue to be season tickets," said Rays Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez. "Season ticket holders receive the largest discount off individual game prices, and they have access to our best seat locations during the regular season and, as in 2008 and 2010, for the postseason."
As in seasons past, Sunday games will continue to be "Family Fun Days." Family Fun Days feature discounted ticket options for families, special promotional giveaways for kids and the opportunity for youngsters to run the bases after the game.
The Rays will continue to offer postgame concerts on some Saturdays. Details will be available in the coming months.
Group party area reservations are currently being accepted for the 2011 season. For information on purchasing group tickets or to reserve a group party area or suite, fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS.
Fans may reserve their 2011 Rays Season Tickets by calling 888-FAN-RAYS or visiting raysbaseball.com, raysbeisbol.com, or visiting the Rays office at Tropicana Field or the Rays Tampa office at 400 N. Tampa St.