ST. PETERSBURG - That the Rays sold out Thursday’s opener against the Astros, extending to 14 straight their streak of sold-out home openers, was probably a good thing.
That it took until 8 p.m. Wednesday night, with Tropicana Field capacity reduced to 25,025, smallest for an MLB team in nearly 60 years, was not.
And that it was such a slow sell for a game that features potentially one of the marquee starting pitching matchups of the season, Cy Young award winner Blake Snell against runner-up Justin Verlander, of the entertaining and multi-talented Astros, well, we’re not sure what to say.
The Rays deserve some of the blame with a dynamic pricing structure that made the cheapest individual seats $40, though lower prices were available through flex packs and season ticket packages.
The team also pointed out that tickets remain available for the rest of the season-opening seven game home stand, including Saturday’s game against the Astros when all fans gets a Snell Cy Zilla bobblehead, and Snell will be presented his Cy Young award.