The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of MLB’s most consistent franchises over the past decade-plus, a far cry from the team’s early history of losing.
The Rays have made the playoffs the last four years, and lost in the World Series in 2020 to the Dodgers. Their young core of Wander Franco, Randy Arozarena, Shane Baz, and Shane McLahanan is going to be good for years to come.
But, the team has always struggled with attendance. The Ray, who play in terrible Tropicana Field, an ugly dome that is a long drive in bad traffic from the city of Tampa, rank near or at the bottom every year. It seemingly doesn’t matter how good the product is, nobody shows up.
You're this fucking incompetent?
Look at this list.
REDS being middle of the pack. Beating cities with major population discrepancies. Middle of the MLB attendance rankings, one of the smallest market teams in the league. You can't be at the top if there isn't even enough fans. pic.twitter.com/1DDVVsLIYX
— Marrett Jills (@MarrettJills) June 25, 2022
But, the Tampa Bay Rays are introducing a new ticket promotion that could be a hit for fans.
Details on #Rays latest low price ticket offering: $49 a month for games, $249 for the season https://t.co/kK8wPY7uiU
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 20, 2023
That’s quite the deal. I can’t get decent Mets tickets to one game for $49, let alone a month’s worth.
Here are more details, courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times in the article linked above.
The Rays are offering a pass for fans to attend all home games in a month for $49, or the entire 81-game slate for $249, with a standing room-only ticket.
Fans who buy the Ballpark Pass will have several viewing areas available on a first-come basis — including the centerfield porch, party deck above leftfield, the Ballpark and Rec bar, and the leftfield ledge drink rail — but not a seat. (The Rays say they will enforce keeping standing room-only ticket holders from moving into seating areas.)
The Pass went on sale Monday via raysbaseball.com; the team initially plans to sell about 750, but could make more available. Pass buyers can add a guest pass per game (currently $10, but that could change) and/or upgrade to seats on a per-game basis. There are no blackout dates. Several other teams have offered similar ticket pass programs.
This is a pretty incredible deal, especially when you consider that they get to play a lot of home games against the Yankees and the Blue Jays, both of which have a ton of superstars. That doesn’t even mention the great players the Rays have on their team.
Their season kicks off next Thursday at home against the Detroit Tigers.