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Most Rays ticket prices will decrease or remain the same in 2013

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The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that almost 75 percent of their tickets for 2013 regular season games at Tropicana Field—nearly 2 million total—will either decrease in price or remain the same.  The Rays enter the 2013 campaign having recorded five consecutive winning seasons, an achievement matched by only the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.

The Rays will continue with four categories of single-game ticket pricing: Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver.  Upper Deck seats will cost as little as $10 for 28 of the Rays home games in 2013.  Overall, nearly 80 percent of 2013 Rays games at Tropicana Field will feature ticket prices of $14 or lower.  For Gold games, Outfield prices have dropped from 2012 pricing by nearly 25 percent from $22 to $17.

For the second time in four years (2009 and 2012), the Rays have been named the No. 1 most affordable team in professional sports, according to ESPN the Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings.”  It marked the sixth consecutive year that the Rays ranked in ESPN’s top three in Affordability out of 122 Major League Baseball, NBA, NFL and NHL franchises. 

All Monday-through-Friday home games will start at 7:10 p.m., with the exception of seven weekday games including Opening Day (April 2 at 3:10 p.m.), Memorial Day (May 27 at 3:10 p.m.) and the home regular season finale (September 23 at 3:10 p.m.).  Saturday game times will be announced at a later date and Sundays will remain at 1:40 p.m. The Rays will also welcome the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants to town for a weekend series August 2-4, marking the Giants first visit to St. Petersburg in nine years. 

For the eighth consecutive year, the Rays will continue to provide carpoolers access to free parking in team-controlled lots.  As in 2012, 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 passengers 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 of allowing fans to bring food and select beverages into the ballpark.

As in past seasons, Sunday games will continue to be “Family Fun Days” presented by Tampa Bay Times.  Family Fun Days feature special offers for families, promotional giveaways for kids and the opportunity for youngsters to run the bases after the game.

Once again, season ticket holders will receive the largest savings (up to 25 percent off for renewing season ticket holders), have access to the best seat locations and receive exclusive benefits including the opportunity to purchase postseason ticket packages.  Reservations for season tickets may be made by calling 888-FAN-RAYS, online at raysbaseball.com or by visiting the Rays Executive Offices at Tropicana Field (8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday).

“The Rays take great pride in providing a compelling and affordable experience for our fans, and we offer the best pricing and benefits for our season ticket holders,” said Rays President Matt Silverman.  “It’s a great time to be a Rays season ticket holder.”

Group party areas and luxury suites are now on sale for the 2013 season.  To obtain information on purchasing group tickets, or to reserve a party area or suite, call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com.

All game times and ticket prices are subject to change at the Rays discretion.

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