Rays homestand features two AL East opponents, The Wiggles Postgame Concert and First-Ever Bark in the Park Event

The Tampa Bay Rays begin a six-game homestand against two American League East opponents on Friday, August 3 with a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles (August 3-5) followed by a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays (August 7-9).

On Sunday, August 5, The Wiggles will perform a concert following the Rays-Orioles game scheduled for 1:40 p.m. as part of the popular Rays Summer Concert Series.  Known as “Your Child’s First Rock Band,” The Wiggles have achieved worldwide success with their children’s albums, videos, television series and concert appearances.  Formed in Sydney, Australia in 1991, The Wiggles are known around the world for combining music and theories of child development in their videos, television programs and live shows.  They have earned 17 gold, 12 platinum, three double-platinum and 10 multi-platinum awards for sales of over 17 million DVDs and four million CDs.  The Wiggles were named Business Review Weekly’s top-earning Australian entertainers for four straight years and in 2002 became the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) most successful pre-school television program of all time.  The Wiggles have won two Australian Performing Right Association (APRA) songwriting awards and multiple Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) awards for Best Children’s Release in 1995, ’96 and ’98.

This marks the fifth season of the Rays Summer Concert Series produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road.

Also on Sunday, August 5, the Rays will host their first-ever Bark in the Park event at Tropicana Field during the Rays-Orioles game at 1:40 p.m.  A special seating area is reserved for dog owners and their pets, and the tbt* Party Deck will turn into the “Dog Zone,” with product samples, an SPCA of Tampa Bay pet adoption booth and activities for both dogs and their owners.  Bark in the Park seating has sold out, but regular game tickets are still available.   

The homestand will feature two unique giveaways.  On Friday, August 3, the first 10,000 fans will receive a free Luke Scott collectible T-shirt presented by Tampa Bay Times.  Collectible T-shirts will be distributed throughout the season as part of Friday Fest presented by Captain Morgan.  On Sunday, August 5, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a DJ Kitty bobblehead presented by Chevrolet.

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.  Family Fun Day tickets for Sunday (August 5) vs. Baltimore start at $23 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.