Giveaways start with "championship week"
The Rays released their promotional schedule for the upcoming season, and it starts with a celebration of last season. After raising their AL Championship banner at the April 13 home opener, the Rays will give away replicas of their AL championship rings on April 14, championship cowbells on April 15, replicas of the championship trophy on April 18 and championship pennants on April 19.
Other highlights include an Evan Longoria figure on May 16 and a figurine of a player to be chosen by fans on Sept. 19.
The Rays have also adjusted their game times, with Monday-Thursday and Saturday games starting at 7:08 (with a few exceptions), Friday games at 7:38 and Sunday games at 1:38. There will also be concerts after eight Saturday home games, with the acts to be announced later.
Here is the full team release:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL---The Rays will celebrate the opening of the 2009 home schedule with “Championship Week,” April 13-19, when the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox visit Tropicana Field. Championship Week will feature the first several of 32 dates on the Rays 2009 promotion schedule.
The Rays will raise the 2008 American League Championship banner at the home opener on Monday, April 13 against the Yankees and later that week will give away:
· replicas of the American League Championship rings to all fans on Tuesday, April 14 vs. the Yankees;
· commemorative American League Championship cowbells to all fans on Wednesday, April 15 vs. the Yankees;
· replicas of the American League Championship trophy to all fans on Saturday, April 18 vs. the White Sox;
· 2008 American League Championship pennants to the first 10,000 kids on Sunday, April 19 vs. the White Sox.
The Rays promotion schedule features five dates on which all fans in attendance will receive a premium promotional item. In addition to the keepsakes given out during “Championship Week,” the Rays will give away two figurines to all fans. On Saturday, May 16 vs. Cleveland, all fans will receive a special Evan Longoria 2008 American League Rookie of the Year figurine. This season fans will once again have the opportunity to vote on which Rays player they would like to see featured on an additional figurine,
which will be given to all fans on Saturday, September 19 vs. Toronto.
The Rays will feature a promotion at nearly every Friday, Saturday and Sunday game at Tropicana Field. Keeping with tradition, the Rays will give away an item for kids 14 and under at every Sunday home game. The number of youngsters receiving the items each game this season will increase from 7,500 to 10,000.
Rays home games will also start at new times for 2009. With several exceptions, Monday through Thursday and Saturday home games will start at 7:08 p.m. Friday home games will start at 7:38 p.m. and Sundays at 1:38 p.m. The Rays will also bring back the popular Summer Concert Series following eight Saturday home games from May 30 through September 5. Those musical acts will
be announced at a later date.
“We’re excited about the quality of the promotional giveaways this year, the increased number of dates for all fans to receive an item, and that we have brought back a series of Rays bobbleheads for our young fans,” said Senior Director of Marketing Brian Killingsworth. “We’re working to complete the concert schedule and are confident our fans will find it to be every bit as compelling as last year’s series.”
Among the premium giveaways for kids 14 and under are: Bobbleheads of Dioner Navarro (June 14 vs. Washington); James Shields (June 28 vs. Florida); Carl Crawford (July 12 vs. Oakland); and Scott Kazmir (August 2 vs. Kansas City). Also included are a Carlos Pena robot on September 6 vs. Detroit, a Rays youth cap on May 31 vs. Minnesota, a B.J. Upton “Bossman Junior” visor on August 16 vs. Toronto, a Matt Garza jersey tee-shirt on May 17 vs. Cleveland and an Aki rattle drum on September 20 vs.
Individual tickets are expected to go on sale the week of February 23. Season tickets can be purchased by calling 888-FAN-RAYS.
And here is the schedule:
2009 RAYS PROMO SCHEDULE
Date Team Item Sponsor Quantity.
13-Apr Yankees-Opening Day Schedule Magnet Tropicana all fans
14-Apr Yankees Rays A.L. Championship Replica Ring all fans
15-Apr Yankees Rays A.L. Championship Cowbell T.G. Lee Dairy all fans
17-Apr White Sox St. Pete Times Player Poster #1 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
18-Apr White Sox A.L. Championship Trophy all fans
19-Apr White Sox Rays A.L. Championship Pennant first 10,000 kids
1-May Red Sox St. Pete Times Player Poster #2 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
3-May Red Sox Rays Baseball Card Team Set DAV first 10,000 kids
15-May Indians St. Pete Times Player Poster #3 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
16-May Indians Evan Longoria R.O.Y. Figurine all fans
17-May Indians Matt Garza Jersey T-shirt Majestic Athletic first 10,000 kids
29-May Twins St. Pete Times Player Poster #4 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
30-May Twins Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
31-May Twins Rays Youth Cap New Era Cap first 10,000 kids
12-Jun Nationals St. Pete Times Player Poster #5 St.Pete Times first 7,500 fans
13-Jun Nationals Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
14-Jun Nationals Dioner Navarro Bobblehead first 10,000 kids
26-Jun Marlins St. Pete Times Player Poster #6 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
27-Jun Marlins Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
28-Jun Marlins James Shields Bobblehead first 10,000 kids
10-Jul Athletics St. Pete Times Player Poster #7 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
11-Jul Athletics Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
12-Jul Athletics Carl Crawford Bobblehead first 10,000 kids
31-Jul Royals St. Pete Times Player Poster #8 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
1-Aug Royals Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
2-Aug Royals Scott Kazmir Bobblehead first 10,000 kids
14-Aug Blue Jays St. Pete Times Player Poster #9 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
15-Aug Blue Jays Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
16-Aug Blue Jays Bossman Junior Visor first 10,000 kids
21-Aug Rangers St. Pete Times Player Poster #10 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
22-Aug Rangers Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
23-Aug Rangers Raymond Bank first 10,000 kids
4-Sep Tigers St. Pete Times Player Poster #11 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
5-Sep Tigers Rays Postgame Concert Hess Express
6-Sep Tigers Carlos Pena Slugger-bot first 10,000 kids
18-Sep Blue Jays St. Pete Times Player Poster #12 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
19-Sep Blue Jays Rays Fan Vote Figurine all fans
20-Sep Blue Jays Aki Rattle Drum first 10,000 kids
2-Oct Yankees St. Pete Times Player Poster #13 St. Pete Times first 7,500 fans
4-Oct Yankees Raymond Wind Up Walker first 10,000 kids