February is here, which means the start of baseball season is right around the corner.
The Tampa Bay Rays exceeded expectations last year by winning 90 games. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 13, but before that you can catch some of the Rays players at Rays Fan Fest presented by Tampa Bay Times.
The event is at Tropicana Field on Feb. 9. Gates open to the general public at 11:00 a.m., but season ticket holders can get in an hour earlier at 10:00 a.m.
Fan Fest is free, but all attendees 18 years and older must individually obtain an admission ticket to attend. Children 17 and under do not need a ticket.
Free parking is available in parking lots 6 and 7.
Rays Fan Fest highlights include
- Clubhouse Tours
- Beer Garden
- Goat Yoga
- Yard Sale & Clubhouse Corner
- MOR Dance Floor
- Social Media Zone
- Giant Blake Snell Bobblehead Photo Experience
- DIY Activities
- Batting Cages
- Coaches Clinics
- Main Stage Events
- Rays Player Interactions
- Rowdies Player Interactions
- And more
The Rays Baseball Foundation Clubhouse Corner and Charity Yard Sale are back at Rays Fan Fest! In Clubhouse Corner, fans can find great deals on authentic, game-used merchandise, such as jerseys, helmets, bats and autographed memorabilia. The Charity Yard Sale will feature unique Rays items from the past and present for just $5 each. All proceeds from the Charity Yard Sale and Clubhouse Corner benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation which supports youth and educational programming throughout Tampa Bay.
Season ticket holders who show their Rays Card can also receive exclusive benefits at Fan Fest, including Early Access, Republic Bank Draft Room, Rays Player Photo Station, Complimentary Food Samples, Insider Panels, Press Tour and Special Discounts.
Some VIP Experiences are also available such as autograph passes and a gaming experience gallery pass (subject to availability).
Rays stars like Cy Young winner Blake Snell, Willy Adames and newly acquired Charlie Morton will be at the Fan Fest, along with lots of other current and past Rays, and other MLB alumni.