ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays today announced the promotional schedule for the 2012 regular season. The Rays home opener is on Friday, April 6 at Tropicana Field against American League East rival New York Yankees at 3:10 p.m.
The season-opening series will include two giveaways. On Friday, April 6, all fans in attendance will receive a 2012 Rays schedule magnet presented by RE/MAX. On Sunday, April 8, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Raymond Cowbell presented by Chick-fil-A as part of Family Fun Days presented by the Tampa Bay Times.
On Saturday, April 21, the first 10,000 fans will receive an Evan Longoria Walk-off Figurine which commemorates Longoria’s walk-off home run in the 12th inning of the Rays 8-7 win clinching the American League Wild Card on September 28, 2011, the final day of the regular season. The figurine is presented by Sweetbay Supermarket. On Friday, June 29, the first 10,000 fans will receive a one-of-a-kind Zim Bear presented by the Tampa Bay Times as the Rays face the AL Central division champion Detroit Tigers.
All Friday home games, with the exception of Opening Day, will be themed again this season as Friday Fest presented by Captain Morgan. The first 10,000 fans* each Friday will receive a unique giveaway presented by the Tampa Bay Times including a series of collectible T-shirts, a Jeremy Hellickson 2011 Rookie of the Year figurine, the first-ever Rays Joe Maddon Bobblehead and a logoed Burst Koozie.
Another returning tradition in 2012 is Family Fun Days presented by the Tampa Bay Times. Every Rays Sunday home game will feature a giveaway for the first 10,000 kids 14 and under including a Bobblehead series of Kyle Farnsworth (May 20 vs. Atlanta); Desmond Jennings (June 3 vs. Baltimore); James Shields (July 1 vs. Detroit); Matt Moore (July 22 vs. Seattle); and Rays secondary mascot and YouTube sensation DJ Kitty (August 5 vs. Baltimore). In addition, the Rays will be giving away a Rays Recycled Youth Hat (April 22 vs. Minnesota), Joe Maddon Sunglasses (May 6 vs. Oakland), a David Price Jersey Wallet (June 17 vs. Miami), a Rays Ice Cream Bowl and Spoon Set (July 15 vs. Boston) and an Evan Longoria Mini Drum Set (September 9 vs. Texas).
Single game tickets for Rays 2012 regular season home games will go on sale Saturday, February 25, at 10 a.m., exclusively through raysbaseball.com. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, February 27, at 10 a.m. in person through all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store and Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com. Customers may purchase now through the Rays Early Access Presale Opportunity available exclusively through raysbaseball.com.