Rays sell 30,000 tickets in an hour
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays sold about 30,000 tickets in the first hour of online ticket sales this morning. The tickets were for the first two Rays home games of the American League Championship Series.
"We're extremely excited and encouraged by the reaction that we've had," said Mark Fernandez, the Rays vice president for sales.
The tickets will be good only if the Rays make it into the AL Championship Series, which they can do by beating the White Sox tonight in Chicago, or if necessary, at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.
People were able to buy tickets from the Rays starting at 9 a.m. this morning only if they won the team's lottery. Winners were given a code to access the team's sales site. Available tickets were gone by 10 a.m.
There are plenty of tickets available online -- if you're willing to pay. Several people on www.stubhub.com were trying to sell Rays tickets for more than $500 each.
-- Curtis Krueger, Times staff writer