Tampa Bay Rays give away all 20,000 free tickets to game
ST. PETERSBURG —
Fans started lining up early around 8 a.m. for free tickets to tonight’s Tampa Bay Rays game.
Tickets became available at 4:45 p.m. and were gone within the hour.
The team announced the 20,000 ticket giveaway a day after two of the team’s most prominent players criticized the fans for low attendance during an important game.
While some fans said it was a shame for the team to have to give away tickets when they’re doing so good, team officials said its players thrive on the energy of a packed crowd.
“We want to create that energy,” said Tampa Bay Rays Communications V.P. Rick Vaughn. “Our players thrive on it and we have some really important games coming up and we need to win if we’re going to win the division.”
According to Senior Coordinator of the Tampa Bay Rays Communications Dave Haller, all 20,000 tickets were given out on Wednesday evening before the game.
Officials hope this type of attendance will carry into the Rays’ post-season games.
In total, there were 36,973 fans at Tropicana Field for the Rays’ last game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. They lost the game 2-0.