Rays face Yankees and Rangers in first homestand

The Tampa Bay Rays welcome fans back to Tropicana Field tomorrow for a two-team, seven-game homestand against the New York Yankees (April 9–11) and Texas Rangers (April 12–15). The 2021 Rays season is presented by Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Friday, April 9 vs. New York Yankees

First Pitch: 3:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 1:40 p.m.

Banners Unveiled: The 2020 American League East and 2020 American League Champions banners will be unveiled during the pregame ceremonies.

Promotion: Schedule Magnet presented by Tropicana. Available for all fans while supplies last.

National Anthem: Will be performed in-person by Lynsey Bracken, a registered nurse in the emergency room at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Saturday, April 10 vs. New York Yankees
First Pitch
: 1:10 p.m.
Gates Open: 11:40 a.m.
Promotion: Schedule Magnet presented by Tropicana. Available for all fans while supplies last.

Sunday, April 11 vs. New York Yankees
First Pitch
: 1:10 p.m.
Gates Open: 11:40 a.m.
Promotion: Schedule Magnet presented by Tropicana. Available for all fans while supplies last.

Monday, April 12 vs. Texas Rangers

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

AL Championship Rings: Prior to batting practice, Rays players and coaches will receive their 2020 American League Championship rings.

Tuesday, April 13 vs. Texas Rangers

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Promotion: AL Championship Replica Trophy presented by GEICO. Available for all fans while supplies last.

Tuesday’s Champion: Before every Tuesday home game, the Rays will recognize a child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation or Children’s Dream Fund as a part of the “Tuesday’s Champion” program presented by RIPA & Associates. The Rays will recognize 17-year-old Tyler Kingsbury from the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a virtual first pitch.

Wednesday, April 14 vs. Texas Rangers

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Thursday, April 15 vs. Texas Rangers

First Pitch: 7:10 p.m

Gates Open: 5:40 p.m.

Jackie Robinson Day: The Rays will commemorate the 74th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with all players and coaches wearing Robinson’s iconic uniform “№42” on their jerseys. The game- worn №42 jerseys and caps will be available for auction at RaysBaseball.com/Auctions, with proceeds benefiting the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The Rays will also be recognizing their 2020 Racial Equity Grant recipients: Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, the NAACP Hillsborough County Branch, People Empowering & Restoring Communities, the Pinellas County Urban League and Pinellas Remembers. The Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund created the Racial Equity Grant Fund to build power within communities that have been historically overlooked and purposefully disadvantaged due to systemic racism.

Additional Homestand Notes

50/50 Charity Raffle: For all home games, fans can purchase 50/50 charity raffle tickets at Tropicana Field as well as online at RaysBaseball.com/5050. Online raffle tickets are open to all persons who are located in the State of Florida (excluding Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties) and eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Proceeds from the 50/50 charity raffle benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization and the official charity of the Rays.

Lowe’s Home Runs for Hope: For every home run Rays infielder Brandon Lowe hits, he and his wife, Madison, will donate $100 to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. The Rays Baseball Foundation will also contribute $100 per home run in support of Lowe’s “Home Runs for Hope” campaign. The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay provides a range of services to ensure that no one in the community has to face a crisis alone. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the community gateway to help. People who are struggling with a variety of crisis situations including sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergency, suicidal thoughts and other emotional or situational problems can connect to hope and healing.

Rays Rookies Kids Club: The Rays Rookies Kids Club, presented by Outback Steakhouse, has returned for the 2021 season. Memberships are available for $30 for fans 14 years and under and include premium promotional items and access to exclusive digital experiences. For more information or to purchase a membership, please visit RaysBaseball. com/RaysRookies.

Papa John’s Rays 6 Promotion: Fans can receive 50 percent off pizzas at regular menu price on their online order at PapaJohns.com or through the Papa John’s Official app when the Rays score six or more runs in both home and away games.

Kane’s Furniture 10K Promotion: If Rays pitchers strike out 10 batters during a home game, take your mobile ticket located in the MLB Ballpark app or a print-at-home voucher to any Kane’s Furniture store within five days and receive a coupon for One Free Taco, Chips & Medium Fountain Drink at participating area Tijuana Flats locations. Restrictions apply. For more information, visit KanesStrikeout.com.

Know Before You Go Information

In partnership with Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, the Rays have worked with Major League Baseball and local public health officials to increase health measures and create a safe and enjoyable experience while at the ballpark. Before heading to the ballpark, fans should read the following:

-Fans should remember to bring their face masks. Face masks are required for all fans over the age of two, and must be worn at all times inside the ballpark. Gaiters, bandanas, masks with ventilation holes or other versions of face coverings are not acceptable. Face masks should be worn at all times inside the ballpark unless actively eating or drinking in their assigned seats.

-Bags of any kind are not permitted this season in order to make the security screening process contactless.

-Contactless mobile tickets are accessed by fans on the MLB Ballpark app, which can be downloaded at the App Store or Google Play. Paper tickets and print-at-home tickets are not available or accepted.

-Tropicana Field remains cash-free. Mobile payments, Rays Pay via the MLB Ballpark app, and credit and debit card are accepted for all concessions and merchandise purchases.

-Gates 1, 4 and 5, and all parking lots at Tropicana Field open 90 minutes before first pitch for home games. Gate 4 is open to suite holders. All gates are wheelchair accessible. In order to reduce contact with staff in the parking lots, fans are encouraged to prepay for parking. As an incentive, prepaid parking is discounted. Purchase prepaid parking at RaysBaseball.com/Parking.

-Outside food or beverage is not permitted, with the exception of one sealed, personal-sized bottle of water.

-Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Tropicana Field property.

-Health and safety upgrades have been implemented at Tropicana Field. UV lights and specially designed electronic devices, called bi-polar ionization units, have been installed in air conditioning systems at Tropicana Field. These devices break down a wide variety of harmful contaminants, including coronavirus. All high-touch surfaces are dis- infected before, during and after each game.

Fans are encouraged to wash their hands often and use the hand sanitizing stations located around the ballpark.

For more information, visit RaysBaseball.com/HealthandSafety.

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