Rays ticket prices mostly unchanged, free parking limited to car poolers
The Rays announced Friday their 2008 ticket prices will stay mostly the same as the 2007 prices. But to encourage fans to buy their tickets in advance, they will add a $2 surcharge to all day-of-game tickets sold within five hours of first pitch.
Otherwise, all ticket prices are the same except outfield seats, which were reduced by $1 (from $22 to $21 for prime games and $17 to $16 for others), and upper deck seats, which were increased by $1 (from $13 to $14 and $8 to $9). As is now standard among teams, they charge more for "prime" games - the 18 against the Yankees and Red Sox and (this year) three against the Cubs.
The Rays had planned to end their two-year program of free parking, but instead went "green" and will offer it to carpoolers - vehicles with four or more passengers. For vehicles with less than four passengers, the parking fee will be $10, same as it was in 2005.
After the 2006 season, the Rays made what appeared a slight overall increase - raising the average price, by their calculations, less than a dollar, from $22.35 to $23.19. But prices in 14 of 18 seating categories went up, including all prime games.
The free parking was originally a one-year offering by new principal owner Stuart Sternberg, and then was extended to a second season.
Games (21) Games (60)
Upper Deck/*tbt Party Deck $14 $9
Outfield $21 $16
Loge Box $38 $22
Baseline Box $38 $22
Press Level $45 $26
Lower Box $55 $40
Lower Infield Box $70 $52
Fieldside Box $115 $85
Whitney Bank Club $150 $110
Home Plate Club $270 $210