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Rays keep most ticket prices same, lower than 2012

Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:02 AM

Nearly 75 percent of the tickets for the Tampa Bay Rays' 2013 season at Tropicana Field have either been reduced or remain the same, the team announced Tuesday when they released the ticket prices for the upcoming season.

That's almost 2 million tickets over the course of the 81-game home schedule.

The Rays will use four categories of single-game ticket pricing: Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Upper Deck seats will cost as little as $10 for 28 of the Rays home games in 2013.

Overall, nearly 80 percent of 2013 Rays games at the Trop will feature ticket prices of $14 or lower.

For Gold games, Outfield prices have dropped from 2012 pricing by nearly 25 percent from $22 to $17.

In addition, eight of the nine games against the visiting Red Sox have been dropped from Platinum to Gold.

Weekday games will start at 7:10 p.m., with the exception of seven weekday games including Opening Day (April 2 at 3:10 p.m.), Memorial Day (May 27 at 3:10 p.m.) and the home regular season finale (September 23 at 3:10 p.m.).

Start times for Saturday games will be announced at a later date.

Start times for Sunday games remain 1:40 p.m.

The Rays will continue to provide carpoolers access to free parking in team-controlled lots. As in 2012, vehicles with four or more passengers will continue to park free in team-controlled lots for all Sunday games, subject to availability.

For all other games, the first 100 cars with four or more passengers will park for free up to an hour before game time, with other main lot Tropicana Field parking rates ranging from $15 to $20 per vehicle.

The Rays will also continue to be one of the few teams with the family-friendly policy of allowing fans to bring food and select beverages into the ballpark.

As in past seasons, Sunday games will continue to be "Family Fun Days." Family Fun Days feature special offers for families, promotional giveaways for kids and the opportunity for youngsters to run the bases after the game.

Season ticket holders will receive the largest savings (up to 25 percent off for renewing season ticket holders), have access to the best seat locations and receive exclusive benefits including the opportunity to purchase postseason ticket packages.

Reservations for season tickets may be made by calling 1-888-FAN-RAYS, online at raysbaseball.com or by visiting the Rays Executive Offices at Tropicana Field (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday).

"The Rays take great pride in providing a compelling and affordable experience for our fans, and we offer the best pricing and benefits for our season ticket holders," Rays president Matt Silverman said. "It's a great time to be a Rays season ticket holder."

Group party areas and luxury suites are now on sale for the 2013 season. To obtain information on purchasing group tickets, or to reserve a party area or suite, call 888-FAN-RAYS or visit raysbaseball.com.