Rays announce summer concert series
Ludacris, Beach Boys among acts coming to Trop in '09
BOSTON -- Big and Rich and The Beach Boys are among the musical performers scheduled by the Rays for the Summer Concert Series, presented by Hess Express, at Tropicana Field this season.
The concerts will begin shortly after select Saturday home games conclude and are free with the purchase of that night's game ticket. Tickets for these marquee games start at only $13. The Summer Concert Series, scheduled to begin May 30 and conclude on Sept. 5, is part of Rays Saturday Nights presented by Bright House Sports Network.
As part of its Saturday partnerships, Hess Express will have an exclusive in-store ticket offer, and Bright House will have an exclusive ticket offer available only to Bright House customers. Full-season ticket holders who purchased all 81 games in the Home Plate Club, Whitney Bank Club, Fieldside Box, Lower Infield Box or Lower Box locations will receive wristbands for special on-field access during the concert series.
Season-ticket plans, including all the Summer Concert Series games, offer up to 35 percent savings and include postseason privileges.
The Summer Concert Series, presented by Hess Express, debuted with eight concerts in 2008 and was a rousing success on all fronts. The Rays went 8-0 on those dates and drew an average of more than 30,000 fans per game.
Here's the full schedule:
May 30: TBA - Rays vs. Twins, 4:10 p.m. ET
June 13: Ludacris -- Rays vs. Nationals, 6:08 p.m.
June 27: Pat Benatar -- Rays vs. Marlins, 7:08 p.m.
July 11: Smash Mouth -- Rays vs. Athletics, 6:08 p.m.
Aug. 1: Daughtry -- Rays vs. Royals, 6:08 p.m.
Aug. 15: B-52's -- Rays vs. Blue Jays, 7:08 p.m.
Aug. 22: Big & Rich -- Rays vs. Rangers, 7:08 p.m.
Sept. 5: The Beach Boys -- Rays vs. Tigers, 7:08 p.m.
All game times and acts are subject to change. In the event a scheduled concert is cancelled or postponed, there will be no ticket refunds or exchanges.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.