Rays’ street party to fire up fans for Opening Day

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Everyone’s invited to celebrate with a street party and rally as the Tampa Bay Rays open baseball’s regular season against Baltimore on Tuesday. The party will be held in front of Ferg’s, 1320 Central Ave., from noon to 3 p.m.

Fans on their way to the game can get pumped with live country-rock music from the Troy Duncan Band or Top 40 hits from Sunburn, along with beads, giveaways, kids’ games, and sports merchandise for sale. Mayor Bill Foster and Petey, St. Petersburg’s First Puppy, will make special appearances, along with Miss St. Petersburg and other local titleholders and sports radio personalities who will broadcast live from the event. Even if you can’t make the game, join in the Opening Day celebration with a visit over the lunch hour for ballpark-style food, cold drinks and fun. For more information, visit www.stpete.org

Due to the street party, Central Ave. from 13th to 15th Sts. will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fans may mark Opening Day 2013 by watching the game from District K-9,’ a special seating area located in sections 132 and 134, in honor of 2012 American League Cy Young Award Winner David Price. Along with their $50 ticket, fans receive a commemorative T-shirt and K’-card. In the event Price does not pitch Tuesday’s home opener, ickets will be honored and fans will receive the commemorative items. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.raysbaseball.com/districtk9.

Tickets are still available for Tuesday’s home opener, which is the first of two back-to-back, three-game home stands and the ninth time the Rays have kicked off the MLB season at Tropicana Field. The Rays follow Tuesday’s opener with games Wednesday and Thursday against Baltimore at 7:10 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. On Friday, the Rays welcome the Cleveland Indians to the Trop for three straight starting at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:40 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Purchase tickets for either of the Baltimore and Cleveland home stands at www.raysbaseball.com, 1-888-FAN-RAYS or at Tropicana Field.  

Fans attending every Rays home game, including the April 2 home opener, are encouraged to allow enough time to reach the stadium and locate parking so they don’t miss any of the action. City officials have these suggestions to ensure a pleasant game day experience.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.