They're going to Disney World - again
The Rays on Friday announced plans to shift an April 22-24 series against Toronto from Tropicana Field to Disney.
The Rays played a three-game series at Disney last May in an effort to expand their market and considered the experiment a success despite small crowds - an average of 8,972.
"We were very pleased with every aspect of last year's series at the Disney Sports Complex, particularly the experience we were able to provide for fans who were attending their first Rays games,'' team president Matt Silverman said. "This series remains a very important part of our ongoing efforts to expand our fan base throughout the state and further establish St. Petersburg as Florida's baseball capital.''
Under terms of their lease, the Rays need permission from the St. Petersburg City Council to play regular-season games elsewhere but Tropicana Field. A vote is scheduled for Jan. 24. MLB and Jays officials have already said they were okay with the new plan.