ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays are making 20,000 free tickets available to Wednesday night's regular-season home finale against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
"You heard from a couple of our players about the crowd last night," said Rays team president Matt Silverman. "You can sense from that and other comments throughout the year that our players really thrive on the energy in the ballpark when it's full of our fans. We have a very good record in this ballpark on Saturday night concerts and other games where we're able to pack the place in."
Game time is 7:10 p.m. ET. Tickets will be distributed at all gates beginning at 4:45 p.m.
Silverman was asked if the Rays would have made the free tickets available if Evan Longoria and David Price had not made comments about the attendance after Monday night's game.
"It was something we had discussed, but I don't think we would have," Silverman said. "And it's not about the two players. It's about the sentiment expressed by the team throughout the year, the energy that they get from the fans when this place is full."
Tickets will be distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis and will be given away upon entry to the ballpark. Tickets may not be picked up in advance.
The complimentary tickets will be available in the Press Level, Baseline Box, Loge Box, Outfield, Upper Box and Upper Reserved sections.
Fans who have purchased tickets to Wednesday night's game in the aforementioned seating areas may exchange them at Guest Services for a Lower Box seat upon their arrival, based on availability.
"I'm not sure how the fans will react, but we're expecting a full house," Silverman said.
Contrary to a rumor that Price and Longoria were purchasing the tickets, the club will actually be footing the bill.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.