Rays playoff tickets info - $100 membership to be sure you're in
The Rays are charging a premium for the right to guarantee the right to buy tickets to the opening round of the playoffs.
Under a plan announced this morning, the Rays are selling memberships to the Playoff Access Club for $100 each that "give fans the opportunity to purchase one ticket per game for each membership purchased" starting today - before tickets are sold to anyone else. Club membership - which they say will be capped at 2,500 - also includes a Rays cooler and discounts toward 2011 single-game ticket purchases.
Otherwise, there's a three-tiered process to buy tickets:
Ticket sales for fans who registered on raysbaseball.com and are selected for the "Postseason Ticket Opportunity" will begin Friday at 9 a.m., with the selectees notifed by email.
Remaining tickets will go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. to the general public but only through raysbaseball.com
And any tickets remaining after that will go on sale Monday at 9 a.m. through all Rays outlets.
The prices, according to what's posted on raysbaseball.com, range from $30 for upper reserved/party deck seats to $215 for the Whitney Bank Club.
Also, the schedule isn't set:
* If the Rays win the AL East, they will be the host team for the first round against Texas and could host three games at Tropicana Field - Game 1 on Wednesday Oct. 6 and Game 2 on Thursday Oct. 7 are set, and a potential Game 5 on Tuesday Oct. 12.
* If the Rays are the AL wild-card, they would host one or two games against Minnesota - Game 3 is Saturday Oct. 9, and a potential Game 4 on Sunday Oct. 10.
Game times won't be known until MLB and its TV partners at TBS set a schedule.
Here is the complete ticket release from the Rays:
ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays today introduced a new option that gives fans the opportunity to purchase tickets to the 2010 Rays Division Series. Anyone joining the Rays Playoff Access Club may purchase tickets to Home Games 1 or 2 of the American League Division Series starting today at 9 a.m.
Playoff Access Club memberships are $100 each and give fans the opportunity to purchase one ticket per game for each membership purchased. In addition to the pre-sale access, Playoff Access Club memberships include a Rays sports cooler and a membership card that provides discounts toward 2011 single-game ticket purchases. Memberships will be capped at 2,500. Please visit raysbaseball.com for further details.
“Becoming a season ticket holder will always provide the best opportunities and the best benefits for postseason tickets, but we are pleased to provide another option for fans who would like to have the opportunity to purchase postseason tickets,” said Rays Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez.
Home dates and times for division series have not yet been determined. For more information on 2010 postseason tickets please contact the Rays Ticket Office at 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com.
Additional Key Dates:
Friday, October 1: Winners of the Rays Postseason Ticket Opportunity will have the chance to purchase tickets. Selected fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets online via special link and password distributed to their winning email address. Registrations for the opportunity closed Sunday, September 26 at 11:59 p.m. Fans still have the chance to register for future Rays Postseason Ticket Opportunities at raysbaseball.com.
Saturday, October 2: Any remaining tickets for the Division Series home games will go on-sale to the general public on raysbaseball.com at 9 a.m.
Monday, October 4: Any remaining tickets will go on-sale through all ticket outlets at 9 a.m.