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Rays sell out season opener, other fans celebrate at block party

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

It's time to play some ball.  Tens of thousands of fans filled Tropicana Field Tuesday afternoon to watch the Tampa Bay Rays start their season against the Baltimore Orioles.

"The game is sold out. Everyone's excited and downtown St. Pete is flooded with Rays fans," said Rays Senior VP Mark Fernandez.

Lionel Roberts was disappointed at the box office Monday.  He wanted to cheer on his hometown team at the season opener, but had to settle for tickets to Wednesday's game instead.

"It's something to look forward to, to see if we get a good start or not," said Roberts.

Others fans were looking forward to the new menu lineup inside Tropicana Field.  The Rays are introducing freshly carved turkey sandwiches, beignets, and vegan options in the suites. Now fans can now wash all that down with single servings of wine.

The team is planning plenty of promotions to try to fill the seats, including giveaways and the return of the popular summer concert series. Loyal fans using Burst Cards can earn up to 12% back of what they spend inside the stadium.

"We encourage folks to just come to one more game than they came to last year and if they do, I think it will be worth it," said Fernandez.

 

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