ST. PETERSBURG — For many Rays fans, a sidelight to the 2012 season was the fall of the once-mighty Red Sox.
There will be a residual benefit, as part of the Rays' Tuesday announcement that prices for nearly 75 percent of their seats have been maintained or cut for next season includes a reclassification of most Red Sox games — eight of nine — to a lower pricing category.
Overall, the Rays will again have four categories, but they reduced the games in the top two, Diamond and Platinum, from 26 to 18, with an increase in Gold level from 29 to 35 and the same number, 28, of Silver.
All details were not released, but the Rays raised some prices, such as cheapest seat from $9 to $10, and cut others, such as outfield seats for Silver games from $16 to $13 and Gold games from $22 to $17.
Season tickets, at a discount, are available now; single-game sales start in February.
The Rays twice in the past four years were ranked the most affordable team in pro sports by ESPN The Magazine.
Also, the Rays will keep game times at 7:10 for weekdays and 1:40 for Sundays and continue programs for limited free parking and allowing fans to bring in food.