ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Autograph passes for the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest presented by T-Mobile will go on sale this week. Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field. For the 19th consecutive year, admission and parking for Rays Fan Fest are free. Chevrolet and TradeWinds Island Resorts are also sponsors of this year's event.
Autograph passes go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 31 on raysbaseball.com (subject to availability). However, Rays Members-Rays Season Ticket Holders and Flex Pack buyers-are able to take advantage of early pre-sale opportunities.
In addition, tickets for Joe Maddon's Thanksmas event at Fan Fest will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 3 on raysbaseball.com (subject to availability) with current pre-sale opportunities available for Rays Season Ticket Holders and Flex Pack buyers.
This year's autograph process will allow fans the opportunity to receive an autograph from specific player(s). Fans must go online to purchase an autograph pass that will provide access to that player at a specific time frame during Fan Fest. A limited number of passes will be sold for each signing player and all sales must be completed online in advance of Fan Fest. No autograph passes will be available for sale on the day of Fan Fest.
Proceeds from autograph sales will benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter and the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Rays Flex Packs that include the opportunity to purchase a Fan Fest autograph pass will go on sale Thursday at 9 a.m. on raysbaseball.com/fanfest. This is the way to gain access to a Fan Fest autograph from the player of your choice prior to autograph passes going on sale to the public on Friday. Information about Flex Packs is also available at raysbaseball.com/flexpack.
Additionally, one autograph table will be free for kids 14 and under and fans purchasing any autograph pass. More than 25 former major league players will also sign autographs for free throughout the day and Fan Fest will feature an unmatched amount of interaction with Rays players and coaches along with numerous activities for kids.
On the day of Fan Fest, representatives from the Rays Ticket Sales Department will be available to assist fans throughout the day in the purchase of season tickets, group tickets, party area and suite rentals as well as three-, six- and nine- game Flex Packs. Rays Season Ticket Holders and Flex Pack buyers will receive special access and benefits at Fan Fest with their Rays Card (cards will be sent in February). Fans can place their reservation now toward a 2014 ticket plan or purchase a Flex Pack through raysbaseball.com to receive these benefits. For more information on becoming a Rays Card Holder, visit raysbaseball.com or call 888-FAN-RAYS.
Rays Manager Joe Maddon's Thanksmas event provides a limited number of fans with the opportunity to enjoy hors d'oeuvres based on Maddon's Thanksmas meal, sample a variety of wines and talk with Rays coaches, broadcasters and MLB Alumni inside the Ted Williams Museum. Maddon has served his traditional Thanksmas meal at area homeless shelters over the last eight winters as a part of his Thanksmas initiative. All proceeds from this event benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation and Joe's Thankmas Charity.
In addition to the early access pre-sale, when presenting their Rays Card upon entry at Gate 1 at Fan Fest, Rays Season Ticket Holders and Flex Pack buyers will receive a $5 coupon that can be used toward the purchase of an item(s) at the Rays Charity Yard Sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Rays Season Ticket Holders (who will receive early entry to Tropicana Field at 10 a.m.) and Flex Pack buyers will also have the chance to take photos with select Rays players throughout the day in their respective photo lines.
Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or log on to raysbaseball.com/fanfest for more information about 2014 Rays Fan Fest. More event details will be released next month.