The 2012 Rays Fan Fest presented by MetroPCS, scheduled for Saturday, February 18 from
10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Tropicana Field, will feature an unprecedented number of activities for kids. Proceeds from select events benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation and the ALS Association Florida Chapter.
Youth stations include clinics by Rays coaches; "Reading with the Rays"; running the bases; Sweetbay Supermarket High Five Station; interactive activities for all ages; and photo opportunities with Rays mascot Raymond and DJ Kitty. The event is also sponsored by Chevrolet, Sweetbay Supermarket and Tradewinds Island Resorts. Admission and parking are free.
Hitting and pitching clinics sponsored by Sagicor will be held throughout the day allowing kids to receive free instruction from the Rays major league coaching staff.
To promote "Reading with the Rays," the club's summer reading program, Rays players will read select stories to kids.
Fan Fest will feature numerous interactive activities for children and families. The MOR Kids Interactive Zone allows fans to interact with players while they swing away in a big league batting cage, try out their fastball in the speed pitch booth and hit a home run in the Wiffle Ball Home Run Derby. Other interactive activities include the MLB 2K11 station, Rock Band stage, Pop-A-Shot booth and newly added Family Feud.
Sweetbay Supermarket High Five Station will once again allow kids to run the bases and receive high fives from players as they cross home plate.
"This year's Fan Fest will feature even more activities for baseball fans, especially children," says Rays President Matt Silverman. "In addition, the event has become a major fundraiser for the community. By the time the day is over, we expect to have raised over $100,000 for great local causes."
Tickets to Rays Manager Joe Maddon's traditional Thanksmas meal during Fan Fest are sold out. All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation.
In addition, fans are encouraged to stop by the MetroPCS Call-A-Friend station to have the opportunity for Rays players Reid Brignac, Sam Fuld, David Price or Sean Rodriguez to call a friend or family member; Rays broadcasters and special guests will hold panel discussions; clubhouse tours will be offered throughout the day; and new to the event in 2012, an MLB Alumni Wiffle Ball game including former Rays players.
The Rays Charity Yard Sale returns for a second year giving fans the opportunity to purchase unique game-used and autographed memorabilia dating back to the inaugural season. All proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation. In 2011, the Rays Yard Sale raised $80,000. Proceeds were split among Rays community partners, the ALS Association, Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities and the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Fans have the option to purchase a $50 wristband which grants the opportunity to get autographs from Rays players. All proceeds benefit the ALS Association. Rays TV and radio broadcasters and more than 25 former major league players will also sign autographs for free throughout the day.
New to Fan Fest is the Exclusive Signing Opportunity that will guarantee an autograph from a specific Rays player. With the purchase of this exclusive offer, fans also receive a wristband for the general autograph line. For more information or to purchase an Exclusive Signing Opportunity, please visit raysbaseball.com. Proceeds benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Rays ticket sales personnel will be available to assist fans throughout the day in the purchase of season tickets, group tickets and a special Fan Fest pack offer.
Fans can call 888-FAN-RAYS or log on to raysbaseball.com for more information about 2012 Rays Fan Fest.