The Tampa Bay Rays are saving Private Ryan … a seat.
The Rays announced Friday that military personnel and veterans will be able to attend Rays games for free for the rest of the 2015 season.
With what they call the Rays’ Honor Pass program, active servicemen as well as retired or honorably dischaged veterals will be eligible for free tickets to all Rays’ home games. This offer also is good for all dependents of servicemen with a valid dependent’s ID.
It is a generous offer, but it’s one that also makes sense. If the Rays, whose attendance is lagging once again, can get more bodies through the turnstiles, they are sure to make more money on concessions and parking. Plus there is always the goodwill they are generating.