The Tampa Bay Rays have sold out their season opener Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field, the eighth consecutive time the team has started the season at home with a sellout. Game time is 3:10 p.m. Twenty-one-year-old saxophonist BK Jackson of Florida A&M will perform the national anthem. Jackson has had the honors at Rays home openers in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Don Zimmer, starting his 65th season of professional baseball, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch. Zimmer has worn the uniform of 14 teams, and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and broke into the major leagues as an infielder in 1954. Cy Young winner David Price is scheduled to be the starter for the Rays, who finished in third place last year in the American League East with a 90-72 record.
Fans will welcome the team back with a pre-game street party from noon to 3 p.m. in front of Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1320 Central Ave. The festivities include live country and top 40 music, giveaways, kids’ games, stadium fare, and beer and sports merchandise for sale, along with appearances by Mayor Bill Foster, Miss St. Petersburg and other local personalities. PARKING Tropicana Field: $15 to $30 per car, depending on the lot. The first 100 cars with four or more passengers park free until an hour before game time in Lots 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9. Nearby lots: There are more than 70 private parking lots, licensed by the city, within a half-mile radius of the stadium. These lots are designated by an event parking sign with the letter “P” and a lot number and are staffed by a uniformed attendant. Downtown: The SouthCore garage is at 100 First Ave. S., and the MidCore/BayWalk garage is accessible from Second Street North, between First and Second avenues North. You can walk to the stadium or take a free shuttle. Shuttles: On opening day, free shuttles will start running at 1:10 p.m. and stop an hour after the game. The shuttles run once about every 10 or 15 minutes. Shuttle stops are on Second Street, between Central Avenue and First Avenue South, and outside Tropicana Field on 16th Street, just south of Third Avenue South. Shuttles with disability accommodations, including vehicles with wheelchair lifts, will be available at every game. For the rest of the season, the shuttles will start 90 minutes before the game and end an hour after the game or postgame concert.