ST. PETERSBURG - The Rays are putting single-game tickets on sale to the general public Friday, but one of their online pre-sales allowed us a first look today at their new pricing structure with the Tropicana Field upper deck being closed.
The good news: There are 44 games games with $15 tickets available, both in the party deck above leftfield and in the lower corners, and at $21 for a seat in the outfield.
The not-so-good news: For 31 games, including almost all Saturday-Sunday dates when they have promotions planned, the cheapest ticket is $20 for the party deck, then $28 for the corners and $34 for the outfield.
And the bad news: For six premium games, such as the March 28 opener and Saturday night games with giveaways against the Red Sox (April 20) and Yankees (May 11), the party deck is $20 and the next cheapest tickets are $40 in the corners and $45 in the outfield.
How many tickets are available in each price range is not clear. But in closing the upper deck and reducing capacity from 31,042 to 25,000-26,000, the inventory of lower priced seats is obviously going to be limited. Plus flex pass holders (five tickets for $75) are also going to be seated in the party deck, which holds about 1,000, and corners.
The dynamic pricing concept has been in place for a while and is common in the industry. And the Rays point out they are continuing scheduled ticket specials, including the popular $7.11 deal for Friday games, and the $15 per game flex pack.