Rays announce return of fourteen corporate sponsors for 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays today announced the return of 14 corporate partners for 2012 including Florida Blood Services, Florida Department of Transportation, GTE Federal Credit Union, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union, Hess Express, Hooters, Kane’s Furniture, Majestic Athletic, MetroPCS, Outback Steakhouse, Qoncert, RE/MAX, Tampa General Hospital and Tradewinds Island Resorts.

“We are very proud of the relationships we have built with all of our corporate partners since the 2006 season,” said Rays Vice President Mark Fernandez.  “Having them continue to renew and grow their investments every season truly demonstrates the strength of these partnerships.”

Florida Blood Services?Florida Blood Services will be a participating partner of the MacDillville seating area located on the first base line at Tropicana Field.  MacDillville offers free tickets to local military and their families, along with “Sunday Salutes,” a video board feature aired each Sunday home game, recognizing a local military hero.  Florida Blood Services will continue to host their bloodmobile during select home games, as well as several “Florida Blood Services Nights,” rewarding blood donors with Rays tickets.

Florida Department of Transportation?FDOT will highlight its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” message throughout 2012 on Tropicana Field’s home plate rotational signs and main video board.  Rays Fan Hosts will also wear buttons displaying the slogan throughout the season.

GTE Federal Credit Union?GTE Federal Credit Union returns as the presenting partner of “Member Mondays,” providing members exclusive ticket offers to select Rays home games throughout the season.

Grow Financial Federal Credit Union?Grow Financial continues to help service men and women from MacDill Air Force base attend Ray games.  As a sponsor of MacDillville, Grow Financial provided 24 tickets to every home game last year, and plans to do the same in 2012.  They are also continuing to feature “Sunday Salutes,” video board features which recognize deployed service men, women and their families.    

Hess Express?The “Hess Express Hitter” will be a new, season-long promotion as Hess joins the Rays for the 15th season at Tropicana Field.  If designated Rays hitters are successful at the plate, Hess will contribute toward improvements at Tampa General Hospital’s pediatric care facility that will assist kids and their families undergoing long-term treatment.  Hess Corporation, recognized at Tropicana Field by their dominant center field signage will continue their presence along with season-long participation on the Rays Radio Network.

Hooters?Hooters will continue its sponsorship of the Hooters Owls Den Suite at Tropicana Field which includes Hooters menu items and décor.

Kane’s Furniture?The Kane’s 10-strikeout promotion, a Rays fan favorite, returns this season, as Kane’s Furniture begins their 15th season as a Rays sponsor.  Kane’s will continue their signature “10k” signage presence in center field and other strategic signage locations at Tropicana Field, along with a season-long presence on the Rays Radio Network and Rays TV.

Majestic Athletic?Majestic Athletic returns as the Rays presenting partner of the team store located in the Third Base Food Court.

MetroPCS?MetroPCS enters its seventh season as a Rays partner and will continue its sponsorship of the “Take Zobrist to School” promotion.  Additionally, MetroPCS will receive an array of signage and will serve as the presenting partner of the “Call to the Bullpen” feature.

Outback Steakhouse?The Outback Steakhouse Outpost in the third base food court is back this season.  Look for Outback watch parties at Tampa Bay Area locations as well as special offers for fans on www.raysbaseball.com.

Qoncert?Qoncert, a leader in systems integration and unified communications, returns as a partner this season.  In addition to supplying the Rays with a variety of technology and business equipment, Qoncert uses various VIP hospitality options at Tropicana Field to entertain their business contacts during Rays games.

RE/MAX?RE/MAX returns with a significant in-ballpark presence with an outfield pillar sign and in-concourse messaging.   RE/MAX was the presenting sponsor of the 2012 Rays schedule magnet giveaway on Opening Day to all fans in attendance.         

Tampa General Hospital?Tampa General Hospital will receive prominent, season-long television exposure and will serve as the presenting partner of the Rays Broadcast Auction.

TradeWinds Island Resorts?TradeWinds Island Resorts will serve as the presenting partner of six Rays watch parties and will receive season-long, camera-friendly signage.