Tampa Bay Rays to Fans: B.Y.O.F.

Tampa Bay Rays to Fans: B.Y.O.F.

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Tampa Bay Rays to Fans: B.Y.O.F.


By Cari Martens

Fans at Tampa Bay Rays games can bring their own peanuts and Cracker Jack…and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches if they like.

The Tampa Bay Rays are in the World Series—an inspiring worst-to-first sports story. Naturally, their cowbell-ringing fans are feeling pretty good about that. Another thing they’re feeling pretty good about is the Rays’ policy of allowing fans to bring their own food and beverages into the ballpark.

This is something that’s almost unheard of in pro sports these days. Team owners generally try to get every red cent they can from every person that comes through the turnstile—and with the price they charge for beer and hot dogs, they can get quite a lot.

But fans of the young Rays team can bring in any food or drinks they want, as long as it fits under the seat. The Rays’ owners believe that if their customers can save a few bucks on food, perhaps they’ll come more often and maybe buy some ice cream or souvenirs.

Wouldn’t it be great if, during these difficult economic times, other sports teams adopted this fan-friendly approach? Sports fans can only hope this becomes a more widespread trend.

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