Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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The skinny on the Rays Fan Fest
Posted Feb 12, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 12, 2010 at 04:35 PM
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase Opening Day tickets as part of a special ticket offer at the Rays 2010 Fan Fest, presented by metroPCS. Fan Fest will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Tropicana Field from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission and parking are free, but a $20 donation will allow fans the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players and coaches throughout the day. Autographs for kids 14 and under and season ticket holders are free with a wristband. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund and Save the Children. The Rays will also accept donations for both charities.
The Rays Fan Fest Pack will include tickets to eight home games including Opening Day, Tuesday, April 6 against the Baltimore Orioles and the choice of one Diamond, two Platinum, two Gold and Two Silver games in April, May or June. Single-game tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 26 exclusively through raysbaseball.com and through all other outlets, including the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office on Saturday, February 27.
Fan Fest Packs start at the discounted price of $110 and are available in the Upper Reserved, Outfield and Baseline Box locations. Fan Fest Packs include a complimentary Fan Fest autograph wristband that provides access to the Rays autograph lines during the event. The packs are available for purchase online starting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and all day at Fan Fest.
Fan Fest will once again feature interactive experiences for children and families. Fans can visit the Bright House Sports Network Kids Interactive Zone and take a swing in a big league batting cage, test their fastball in the speed pitch booth and hit a home run in the Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby. Kids will also have the chance to run the bases and all fans can tour the Rays clubhouse.
In addition, more than two dozen former major league players led by Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will be signing autographs throughout the day. Country rap artist Cowboy Troy will perform, meet fans and sign autographs from 10 a.m. to noon. MLB Network’s own “Batting Stance Guy” will be present throughout the day, showcasing his ability to impersonate batting stances of players past and present.
There will also be panel discussions led by the Rays broadcasters interviewing baseball luminaries in the Batter’s Eye restaurant.
Fans are encouraged to stop by the metroPCS Call-A-Friend Stage from 1–3 p.m. to have the opportunity for a Rays player to call a friend or family member and receive the most up-to-date information on metroPCS products.
Fans can also sign up to audition to sing the national anthem prior to a Rays home game.
The Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame will also be open for the event and there will be baseball memorabilia collections of some of the greatest players of the game including autographed baseballs from Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.
Those fans purchasing season tickets at Fan Fest will have the opportunity to get their photo taken with some of your favorite Rays players.
Fans may call 888-FAN-RAYS or log on to raysbaseball.com for more information on the Rays 2010 Fan Fest.