PRESS RELEASE -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest is scheduled for Saturday, February 21 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Tropicana Field. Admission and parking are free.
Fan Fest will feature a number of activities for kids, including "Reading with the Rays" presented with Tampa Bay Times Newspaper In Education, new interactive zones, photos with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty (who, despite rumors, was not traded), baseball activities for all ages and appearances by Rays players and coaches at various stations throughout the day.
Similar to last year's Fan Fest, fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from specific players by purchasing a pass prior to the event. A limited number of passes will be sold for each signing player and all sales must be completed online. Passes will be available for purchase at a later date.
Proceeds from autograph sales will benefit the ALS Association Florida Chapter and the Rays Baseball Foundation. Additionally, one autograph table will be free for kids 14 and under. More than 30 former major league players will also sign autographs for free throughout the day.
The Rays Charity Yard Sale also returns for a fifth year, giving fans the chance to purchase unique game-used and autographed memorabilia dating back to the inaugural season. All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. Rays Season Ticket Holders will receive premium access to the Charity Yard Sale, giving them the first opportunity to purchase available items.
Between the Rays Charity Yard Sale and autograph sales at the 2014 Rays Fan Fest, $100,000 was raised to benefit local Salvation Army chapters, the ALS Association Florida Chapter and the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Additionally, a special Fan Fest Flex Pack that includes a Kevin Kiermaier Bobblehead and other Fan Fest benefits will go on sale today at 10 a.m. through raysbaseball.com. Fans can also place their reservation now toward a 2015 ticket plan.
For more information on the 2015 Rays Fan Fest, visit raysbaseball.com/fanfest. More event details will be released next month.