[Update] Marc Topkin is reporting (via Twitter) that all 20,000 tickets have been given away and it took less than 90 minutes.

The Rays also just sent out a press release saying there are “a few tickets remaining for purchase.”

[4:30pm] Below is an image taken this afternoon of people lining up outside the Trop for free tickets. We were told that this is 100-150 yards from the gate and that it is one of three lines.

Prediction: 12,000 tickets given away. 23,000 in attendance.



  1. Sean says:

    12,000 isn't enough. 19,999 isn't enough.

    Really hope they get rid of all of them.

    Hey, if they give 12,000 away wouldn't that equate to 28k in attendance? I thought 16k already sold

    • Cork Gaines says:

      I thought that originally. But I dont think so. For one thing, the giveaways dont include the field box seats. Also, people that already bought tickets have option to upgrade to field box seats, so there must be a lot of those unsold.

      Also, I am hearing a lot of people had no desire to wait in line, so they are buying tickets and maybe the Rays anticipated that.

  2. Gus says:

    I'm guessing: 14K paid, 16 comped. 30 total.

    25K is the break even point if it is viewed as a success or as a failure by our friends in the national media.

    Goal for 2011: get the Rays attendance off the ESPN ticker, out of Topkin's first three paragraphs, get the Attendance tracker off the Trib's website and figure out a way to give the season ticket holder value (hint: harping about how bad your stadium is and how you have to cut payroll regardless of post-season income is NOT helping the people trying to sell season tickets; getting Price and Longo involved in the local community would really help; those guys are marketing magic).

    Also, the next time 29,000 people make it to a meaningless weekday game against the Tigers in August, I expect that fact to make it to the ticker and into Topkin's game story.

  3. Neal says:

    Thank you Tampa Bay.

  4. Jeff says:

    Great statement Rays fans. The fan base is definitely there as has been indicated by ratings and merchandise sales. Excellent job!

  5. James says:

    The Rays respond with 3 hits and 0 runs so far

  6. Marc says:

    According to Longo, the Rays play better when the place is packed. Whine Fail. 0 runs and 3 hits to a 4-16 pitcher with a 5.00+ ERA may qualify as one of the worst perfromances of the year.

    And Derek Shelton needs to be unemployed the minute after our Rays are eliminated in the ALDS.

  7. Gatorbuc15 says:

    YAY! Glad a lot of people came out tonight!

    Too bad that the offense was anemic. Thanks Derek!

  8. Don says:

    I am totally embarassed by the way the players of the Rays play baseball...What should I do Mr Longo/Price....
    Come to more games.... will that help your play???
    You can answer me in the media, blogs, tweets or whatever...
    Signed, Your "loyal fans"...now with less money than before we came to your losing baseball games!

  9. Sean says:

    Geez, it's not like Millwood is a terrible pitcher.

    I sense some trolling occurring here.

  10. Marc says:

    FWIW...Cincinnati drew 17,500 last night. The oldest team in MLB with generations upon generations upon generations of fans and a sweet new ballpark located downtown. On the season, they've averaged all of 2k more than the Rays. Did Joey Votto and Co fire off some salvos to the press about attendance? When's the ESPN roundtable discussion about Cincy's horrific fan support?


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