Rays homestand features three opponents, two postgame concerts, and more

ST. PETERSBURG, FL—The Tampa Bay Rays begin a season-long 10-game homestand on Friday, July 13 when the American League East rival Boston Red Sox open a three-game series (July 13-15), followed by a four-game set with the Cleveland Indians (July 16-19) and three games against the Seattle Mariners (July 20-22).

On Friday, July 13, Train will perform a concert following the Rays-Red Sox game scheduled for 7:10 p.m. as part of the Rays popular Summer Concert Series.  Formed in 1994 in San Francisco, Calif., Train is best known for their hit singles “Meet Virginia,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey, Soul Sister” and most recently “Drive By.”  The band consists of lead vocalist Pat Monahan, drummer Scott Underwood and guitarist Jimmy Stafford.  Train has won three Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Song in 2002 and two Billboard Music Awards.  Their self-titled debut album was certified platinum while the song “Meet Virginia” became a Top 40 hit.  In 2001, Train released their single “Drops of Jupiter,” which remained in the Top 40 for nearly 40 weeks and helped their second album sell more than 3-million copies.  Train’s third album, My Private Nation went platinum largely due to their successful single, “Calling All Angels” which was the band’s third Top 20 hit.  In 2009, Train released “Hey, Soul Sister” from their album Save Me, San Francisco.  Train’s most recent album California 37 was released in early 2012 and their first single “Drive By” is currently climbing up the Billboard Top 100 charts.  “Drive By” marks Train's third Hot 100 Top 10.

On Saturday, July 21, Gavin DeGraw will perform a postgame concert at the conclusion of the Rays-Mariners game.  DeGraw first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.”  DeGraw’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning him his first Top 10 album.  It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.”  In 2009, he released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of his live favorites.  DeGraw released his third studio album, Sweeter in September of 2011.  The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached No. 1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40 and was recently certified double platinum.  The album’s second single, the title track “Sweeter,” continues to climb the sales and radio charts and was most recently featured as the spotlight track in HBO’s summer television air spot. 

This marks the fifth season of the Rays Summer Concert Series.  Since it began in 2008, the Rays have gone 27-8 on Saturday concerts and averaged more than 30,000 fans on those dates.  The Rays Summer Concert Series is produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road.

Following the Rays-Red Sox game on July 15, Joe Maddon and Rays coaches and players will host the Third Annual Maddon’s Summer Social in the Hancock Bank Club at Tropicana Field to help support the Rays Baseball Foundation.  This event is sold out.

On Sunday, July 22 the Rays are proud to present STAR WARS Day at Tropicana Field during the Rays-Mariners game.  There will be STAR WARS themed activities throughout the day, including a costume contest.  The winner of the contest will receive four tickets to STAR WARS Celebration VI at the Orlando Convention Center, August 23 – 26.  For more information and to purchase the special STAR WARS ticket package, please log on to raysbaseball.com/starwars.  The $29 ($50 value) package includes a ticket in the press level seating area and an exclusive Rays/STAR WARS T-shirt.

The homestand will feature four unique giveaways.  On Friday, July 13, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Burst Koozie presented by Tampa Bay Times as part of Friday Fest presented by Captain Morgan.  On Sunday, July 15, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Carlos Peña Ice Cream Bowl & Spoon Set presented by Carvel.  On Friday, July 20, the first 10,000 fans will receive a free James Shields collectible T-shirt presented by Tampa Bay Times.  Collectible T-shirts will be distributed throughout the season on Free Shirt Friday which is part of Friday Fest presented by Captain Morgan.  On Sunday, July 22, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Matt Moore bobblehead presented by DEX Imaging.

TAMPA BAY TIMES FAMILY FUN DAY (every Sunday home game)—Bring the whole family out to Tropicana Field and enjoy family-friendly activities and a chance to run the bases after the game presented by Find the Fun Now.  On Sunday, July 15, Family Fun Day highlights a postgame petting zoo, giving kids the opportunity to see over 30 different animals.  There will be no Wiffle Ball on Sunday, July 15.  Family Fun Day tickets start at $30 for July 15 and $23 for July 22 and include a hot dog, Pepsi and snack (subject to availability).  Visit raysbaseball.com for details.  Ticket prices increase $3 five hours prior to each game and are subject to change at the Rays discretion.  Special promotional giveaways are given to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under in attendance.

TICKETS—Tickets for Rays 2012 regular season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store (400 N. Tampa St.) and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.

GATES OPEN—Monday through Thursday 1½ hours prior to game time; Friday through Sunday two hours prior to game time.