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Rays Fan Fest will require (free) ticket on your mobile device

Registering on the MLB Ballpark app is necessary for all attendees 18 and older; team says no paper tickets can be used.
Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, shown at last year's event with since traded Ryne Stanek, likes the fun and games at Fan Fest.
Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow, shown at last year's event with since traded Ryne Stanek, likes the fun and games at Fan Fest.
Published Jan. 28
Updated Jan. 28

The Rays’ Feb. 8 Fan Fest will be free again this year, though attendees will have to use the MLB Ballpark app to obtain a ticket on their mobile device.

The Rays implemented the ticketing policy last year for all attendees 18 and older, though with the option to print them at home. This year no paper tickets will be available. Fans need to download and use the Ballpark app and have an MLB account to sign in and claim a ticket.

The event runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Tropicana Field, with free parking. Events include a charity yard sale of team merchandise and memorabilia, clubhouse tours, a youth clinic by second baseman Brandon Lowe, and a chance to play games with Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. More details will be available in coming days.

All attendees will receive a license plate frame courtesy of the Florida Department of Transportation.

“We are excited to welcome everyone to Tropicana Field for Fan Fest on February 8,” Rays president Brian Auld said in the team release. “I know many of us are still energized from the postseason run in 2019, and eager for the 2020 Rays to make more history. Fan Fest is a great way to kickoff the 2020 season with a family-friendly affair for all baseball fans.”

Autograph passes, also available through the Ballpark app, are available for $25 for each player in limited number, with proceeds to the team’s charitable foundation. Players slated to participate include Willy Adames, Glasnow, Lowe, Austin Meadows, Charlie Morton, Blake Snell and newcomer Yoshi Tsutsugo. There are presales Tuesday for season ticket holders and Insiders.

A list of players expected to attend Fan Fest, marked subject to change, on the team website also includes Nick Anderson, Anthony Banda, Mike Brosseau, Diego Castillo, Oliver Drake, Brent Honeywell, Andrew Kittredge, Brendan McKay, Brian O’Grady, Emilio Pagan, Michael Perez, Colin Poche, Trevor Richards and Ryan Yarbrough.

Others may be added, but players not on that list as of now include fan favorites Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier; newcomers Randy Arozarena, Jose Martinez and Hunter Renfroe; returnees Jose Alvarado, Jalen Beeks, Yonny Chirinos, Yandy Diaz, Daniel Robertson, Chaz Roe, Joey Wendle and Mike Zunino; and rostered prospects/2019 rookies Vidal Brujan, Peter Fairbanks, Lucius Fox, Ronaldo Hernandez, Nate Lowe, Kevin Padlo.


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