With many fans feeling bruised by the comments on attendance made by Evan Longoria and David Price, the Rays have announced that they will be giving away 20,000 tickets to tonight’s home finale against the Orioles.
From the press release:
The Rays will make available 20,000 free tickets to tomorrow night’s regular-season finale against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Game time is 7:10 p.m. Tickets will be distributed at all gates beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Tickets will be distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis and will be given away upon entry to the ballpark. Tickets may not be picked up in advance. The complimentary tickets will be available in the Press Level, Baseline Box, Loge Box, Outfield, Upper Box and Upper Reserved sections.
Fans who have purchased tickets to tomorrow night’s game in the aforementioned seating areas may exchange them at Guest Services for a Lower Box seat upon their arrival, based on availability.
This is a very nice gesture on the part of the Rays. But we hope the Rays know what they are doing, because this move is not without problems.
- What if the Rays are unable to give away all 20,000 tickets? Tomorrow we will be inundated with stories about how the Rays “can’t even give away tickets.” That sounds like fun! *head meets desk*
- What about the 16,000 tickets that were already sold? The Rays are basically screwing the fans that were already on board. Sure they can upgrade their ticket (based on availability), but that is not helping their bottom line. Wouldn’t a better offer have been a ticket to a game next season?
So here’s hoping the Rays get a “sellout” tonight (or at least something close) and that they haven’t pissed off their most loyal customers too much.