Tampa Bay Rays No Longer Requiring Tickets In Effort To Boost Attendance
March 25th - The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that they will no longer be requiring tickets for home games in an effort to boost their struggling attendance rate.
The franchise, which began as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998, has found it difficult to entice fans to come to their stadium, which bears a striking resemblance to a large toilet bowl with a baseball field in the middle. Stuart Sternberg, the owner of the Rays, hopes that by no longer requiring fans to pay for tickets, the franchise will see a sharp increase in attendance.
“We realize that our fans down here in Florida have an abundance of entertainment options,” said Sternberg. “There’s beautiful weather, sandy beaches, and they just installed a Chick-Fil-A down the street from my home. But I’m hoping that by allowing fans to just walk in for free, they’ll be willing to look past the fact that we have a mediocre baseball team and an absolutely terrible environment in which to watch a sporting event.”
When informed of the owner’s comments, local fans seemed to be excited at the idea.
“That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard, said Randy, a local Rays fan who says he never misses a game on his 85-inch plasma screen tv. “There’s a Chick-Fil-A going in down the street? I’ll be first in line, I can tell you that much.”