Rays, Republic Bank announce partnership, Republic Bank Draft Room

The Tampa Bay Rays and Republic Bank today announced a partnership that will launch on Opening Day with the unveiling of the "Republic Bank Draft Room" at Tropicana Field.


The Rays and Republic Bank have worked together on creating and building a new destination area designed exclusively for season ticket holders and guests. The collaboration reflects an effort to add value to the existing season ticket holder base by providing additional benefits and an enhanced game experience.


"The Republic Bank Draft Room is the latest addition to a robust variety of benefits available to season ticket holders," said Rays President Brian Auld. "Republic Bank and the Rays share a commitment to providing outstanding customer service to our clients, so this partnership promises to be a strong one."


Located on the mezzanine level along the third base line, the Republic Bank Draft Room blends hospitality and comfort with special access to Rays staff, players, alumni, coaches and local personalities. Featuring pre- and postgame entertainment, the lounge area offers local craft beers and themed signature food items based on the team's opponent.


"We are thrilled to be a partner of the Tampa Bay Rays, and to expand the Republic Bank brand in the Florida market," said Steve Trager, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Republic Bank. "At Republic Bank we believe we can make our clients' lives easier, and we are delighted that the Tampa Bay Rays want to extend this philosophy to season ticket holders with the Republic Bank Draft Room."


Added David Feaster, President/CEO of Cornerstone Community Bank:


"When we finalized the agreement to merge Cornerstone Community Bank with Republic Bank, Steve Trager immediately told me that he wanted to not only make an impact in the bay area in the financial industry, but also have a commitment to the community. I suggested, and he readily agreed, that as a business in Tampa Bay, we needed to partner with the Tampa Bay Rays as a way to reach our target customers and to support this wonderful Tampa Bay-wide institution."