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The Rays are making 5,000 more seats available for Game 5

Oct 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times says that the Rays are going to remove those blue tarps many of you have been mistaking for thousands of unsold seats and making the seats under the tarps available for Tuesday’s Game 5.  That will mean room for 5,000 more fans, whom the Rays will charge $30 for the privilege.

Optimistic? Maybe. I think they’ll sell it out though. The weekend had to spark some hope and excitement in Rays Universe Nation Country Neighborhood, right?

  1. Mr. Heyward - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    If they’re not excited about a 2-0 deficit comeback that now rests on an epic rematch between Lee and Price, then these fans aren’t fans. I think the Rays pull it off too, just a hunch. Longoria finally woke up and Price will pitch better. It’s gonna be HUGE I tell ya!

  2. jonkay - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Have they ever made these seats available before? Am curious to see what this does to the ticket prices for the game.

  3. RichardInBigD - Oct 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Facing Price is a tough day. The only thing I can think of that’s tougher in the AL, is facing Lee in the post season. For those of us who are members of the claw and antler society, this will be epic.

  4. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    This will be one to watch. Even if the wife doesn’t get her trim painted in the kitchen, and bitches all night about it.

  5. adam - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Are these the seats right behind home plate?

  6. RedLeg15 - Oct 11, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Those seats are partial view that are blocked off by the catwalks. They last were ‘un-tarped’ during the ALCS and WS in 08. I can’t remember when they first started putting the tarps up. I know it was before the current ownership group.

  7. Ick McWang - Oct 11, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Its Rays Republic Craig.
    Yeah, those are the obstructed view seats that are at the top of the upper deck. In the majority of those seats, one of the catwalks obstructs some of the view. You can watch the game, but there is a big steel contraption in the way too. The slanted roof is what makes some seats worse than others.
    The stadium holds a bit over 40,000 or 41,000 with the tarps off. They have been covering them up since the end of the 2007 season if I am not mistaken. Mostly so the maintenance and janitorial staff don’t have to waste time up there.

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