By on February 21, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The American League East Champion Tampa Bay Rays today announced the promotion schedule and the date tickets will go on sale for the 2011 regular season.  The Rays begin the regular season at Tropicana Field on Friday, April 1 against the Baltimore Orioles at 7:10 p.m.
The season-opening series against the Orioles will include an Evan Longoria Gold Glove Replica Trophy to the first 15,000 fans at the Saturday, April 2 game and a miniature AL East Division Championship banner to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under attending the Sunday, April 3 contest.  Those two premium items are among the highlights of the Rays 2011 promotion schedule.
All Friday home games, with the exception of Opening Day, will be themed again this season as Friday Fests presented by Captain Morgan.  The first 10,000 fans* each Friday will receive a collectible T-shirt presented by the St. Petersburg Times, and there will be food and drink specials, special prize giveaways, postgame parties and much more. 
In keeping with a Rays tradition, Sundays will be Family Fun Days presented by the St. Petersburg Times, featuring activities and entertainment focused on children, including the chance to run the bases after the game.  Sundays will also have giveaways for the first 10,000 kids 14 and under including a Bobblehead series of Manny Ramirez (May 29 vs. Cleveland), B.J. Upton (June 19 vs. Florida) and Johnny Damon (July 17 vs. Boston).  In addition, the Rays will be giving away a DJ Kitty puppet (July 3 vs. St. Louis), a David Price Superhero Action Figure (Aug. 21 vs. Seattle) and an Evan Longoria Cereal Bowl and Spoon Set (September 4 vs. Baltimore).
“Our promotion schedule appeals to all Rays fans, but it has a special focus on kids and the 13 Sunday Family Fun Days,” said Rays President Matt Silverman.  “We strive to make Sundays at Tropicana Field the best entertainment option for families in Tampa Bay.”
The Rays also announced that Darius Rucker will perform at Tropicana Field following the Rays-Orioles game on Saturday, May 14, the first announced date on the 2011 Summer Concert Series presented by Hess Express as part of Rays Saturday Nights presented by Bright House Sports Network.  The remaining concert dates will be announced next month.
Single game tickets for 2011 regular season home games will go on sale starting this week, based upon availability, according to the following timeline:
Saturday, February 26:  Online to the general public exclusively at raysbaseball.com, beginning at 10 a.m.
Monday, February 28:  On sale to the general public through the following outlets, beginning at 10 a.m.:
·         All Ticketmaster outlets
·         The Rays Tampa Store at 400 N. Tampa St.
·         The Tropicana Field box office
·         By phone at 888-FAN-RAYS or 1-800-745-3000·         Online at raysbaseball.com
Rays Insider subscribers will have the opportunity to participate in a special online pre-sale on Friday, February 25.  The registration deadline for this specific pre-sale is Thursday, February 24 at noon.  Current subscribers need not re-apply.  For more information on the Rays 2011 game schedule, pricing, and access to other pre-sale opportunities, please visit raysbaseball.com.  The first pre-sale begins on Tuesday, February 22.
The 2011 Rays Promotion Schedule
Friday, April 1                  Rays Schedule Magnet (All Fans)
Saturday, April 2              Evan Longoria Gold Glove Replica Trophy Presented by DEX Imaging (First 15,000 Fans)
Sunday, April 3                AL East Championship Banner Presented by Sweetbay Supermarket
Sunday, April 17               David Price Arm Sleeve Presented by Match-Up Promotions
Sunday, May 1                 Joe Maddon Bank Presented by RE/MAX
Saturday, May 14             Darius Rucker postgame concert
Sunday, May 15               Raymond Pillowcase Presented by Chick-fil-A
Sunday, May 29               Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Presented by AT&T
Sunday, June 19              B.J. Upton Bobblehead
Sunday, July 3                 DJ Kitty Puppet Presented by Chevrolet
Sunday, July 17               Johnny Damon Bobblehead
Sunday, August 7             Raymond’s Back To School Set
Sunday, August 21           David Price Superhero Action Figure
Sunday, September 4       Evan Longoria Cereal Bowl and Spoon Set
Sunday, September 11     Rays Fire Helmet
Sunday, September 25     Kid’s Vote Giveaway 
Rays Summer Concert Series presented by Hess Express as part of Rays Saturday Nights presented by Bright House Sports Network. Fans should continue to check raysbaseball.com for the updated Summer Concert Series schedule.
*May 13 and August 5 T-shirts will be distributed to the first 10,000 women.
Promotional schedule, quantities, ticket prices and dates/times subject to change.

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