ST. PETERSBURG — Interactive events at the Rays' Feb. 9 FanFest come with an interesting option this year, the opportunity to play video games with Cy Young award winner Blake Snell.
For $500, you can play alongside Snell for an hour, get a personalized Rays jersey with your gamertag and four lower-level tickets to the April 2 game vs. Colorado. Only a limited number of these experiences will be sold; the $500 goes to the Rays Baseball Foundation. There is also a $50 package available to sit it the galley to watch Snell play and get an autograph.
The Fan Fest is free again this year, open 11-3, but attendees 18 and over must get a ticket, either printed or on their phone, by signing up at raysbaseball.com/fanfest. The new ticketing process, which also could have security benefits, allows the Rays to gather data on who is attending and potential new customers. Parking at Tropicana Field also remains free.
Six Rays players are set to sign autographs for a $25 donation; Willy Adames, Matt Duffy, Kevin Kiermaier, Joey Wendle, Ryan Yarbrough and Mike Zunino (subject to change).
Passes for the Snell experience and autographs go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. via raysbaseball.com/fanfest; but there are presales on Thursday for season-ticket holders and Rays Insiders, and they may go quickly.
Other activities listed on the website include goat yoga, a “Giant Blake Snell Bobblehead Photo Experience,” a dance floor, social media zone, yard sale and clubhouse corner, beer garden, clubhouse tours, coaches clinics, batting cages and other interactions with Rays and Rowdies players.
More details on Fan Fest activities and a list of current and former players expected to attend will be released later.