LOS ANGELES – The Rays haven’t won their way into the playoffs yet, and even if things go really well likely couldn’t clinch anything next week, but, like other teams, they have to start making plans.
That includes announcing plans Tuesday for postseason game ticket sales, starting with the potential AL wild card game on Oct. 2, and confirming that the upper deck at Tropicana Field will be re-opened for post-season games, increasing capacity from 25,025 to around 31,000.
The first step to buy tickets is to go to raysbaseball.com/postseason to register for a “postseason ticket opportunity,'' which will be drawings for the opportunity to buy tickets for wild card, division series, championship series and World Series games, and to get to do so before sales to the general public.
Fans need to register once to be included in all drawings, which will be done round by round.. The team also will hold pre-sales for season-ticket holders, corporate partners and Rays Insider, so it’s not clear how many tickets will be available in the public sales.
The team says “the number of registrants selected is based on availability and fans are not guaranteed the opportunity to purchase by registering.”
The deadline to be eligible for the drawing for wild-card game tickets is noon Sept. 24. The draw would be Sept. 26, and sales to general public are tentatively set to start Sept. 27, but could change pending the standings.
The Rays did not release ticket prices, which are set in conjunction with MLB, but said wild-card game tickets would start at $20.
Current and 2020 season-ticket holders have the opportunity to buy a package for all postseason games at the Trop.
Also of note, all tickets for Rays postseason games will be only available on a mobile device, meaning there will be no printed/paper tickets, and thus no souvenir tickets. The team says that is being done “in an effort to minimize fraudulent tickets and increase efficiency."