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Tampa Bay Rays to freeze season ticket prices for 2017-2018 through end of season, add benefits

Season tickets typically not available for purchase until off-season.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are planning to freeze season ticket prices for the 2017 and 2018 seasons at 2016 prices, DRaysBay has learned, and are extending the offer to individuals who have not purchased season tickets this year.

For those who sign up for 2017 and 2018 season tickets, the Rays will be including several new benefits, including the ability to select one of the following:

  • Complimentary, catered suite for a 2017 regular season game (per account)
  • Charter flight to see the Rays play the Marlins in Miami (per seat)
  • Dinner cruise with Rays Platinum Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (per seat)
  • Dining experience with Evan Longoria at Ducky’s, the third baseman’s own sports lounge in Tampa (per seat)
  • Hitting lessons with Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe (per seat)
  • Unique, autographed Kevin Kiermaier memorabilia display (per seat)
  • A donation in your name to the Rays Baseball Foundation (per seat)

Those purchasing for the next two seasons will also double the standard level of Rays Rewards points for 2017. Rays Reward points allow individuals to purchase additional benefits reserved for season ticket holders, like player meet-and-greets, merchandise, special events, or extra seats to a game.

Season ticket holders will also receive double the e-Cash loaded to their Rays Card to use toward parking, concessions and merchandise at Tropicana Field during the 2017 season.

The Rays are calling the promotion a “Double Play Renewal.” For those who sign up through 2018, payments can be spread out over 20 months without interest. The promotion is set to begin tomorrow through Friday, September 23rd.

Current season ticket holders who do not wish to take advantage of the Double Play Renewal offer can renew for 2017 at the end of this season, but without a price freeze.

Partial-plan season ticket holders will also receive a renewal option with its own set of benefits. Details of that plan will be released soon.

A brochure to be sent to ticket holders includes a letter from Rays President Brian Auld and President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman, which includes the following:

While this season’s team been a failure on the field, the Rays clearly plan to succeed in the coming seasons, and there are reasons to have faith. Evan Longoria has returned to form, and several injured star players are being brought into the club throughout the year, including Kevin Kiermaier, Alex Cobb, Matt Duffy, and Logan Forsythe.

This very well could be an excellent team in 2017.