Rays rally planned in St. Pete on Monday

Rays rally planned in St. Pete on Monday

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 Everyone's invited to celebrate the Tampa Bay Rays with a free street party and rally on Central Avenue on Monday, October 7 before heading over to Tropicana Field to watch the Rays take on Boston in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. The party will be held in front of Ferg's, 1320 Central Ave., between 3:30 and 6 p.m.

Fans can celebrate with beads, music, and some give-aways or pose for photos with giant heads of players, mascot Raymond, DJ Kitty, and other notable faces. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Ferg's.

Due to the street party, Central Avenue will be closed to traffic from 13th Street to 15th Street beginning at 2 p.m.

Single game tickets went on sale Friday at noon and are available online at www.raysbaseball.com <http://www.raysbaseball.com>

If a Game 4 is needed, the Rays will be back at the Trop on Tuesday, October 8, scheduled to begin at 8:37 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to allow enough time to find parking and locate their seats before the first pitch so they don't miss any of the action.

PARKING - Baseball fans will find more than enough parking, either at Tropicana Field or throughout downtown, for the third game of the division playoffs. Baseball fans can find detailed on-site parking information including general parking, pre-paid parking and directions at www.raysbaseball.com <http://www.raysbaseball.com>. ; If stadium lots fill, fans may find parking in one of the 74 approved lots located within a half-mile radius of the stadium and displaying signage, marked with a capital P,' lot number and city ordinance information. Fans should only park at legitimate lots marked with the P' sign.
Attendants should be in uniform and provide a receipt. Do not park in unattended or otherwise unofficial lots.

Parking is also available in the South Core garage, at 100 First Ave. S. for a flat rate of $5. Alternative/overflow parking will be offered at the BayWalk garage, at 117 2nd Street North at the normal weekday rate of $1 per hour with a $6 daily maximum. Additional parking is also located at other facilities in the downtown area. Fans parking downtown are invited to arrive early and enjoy St. Petersburg's many dining and retail options before catching the free baseball shuttle to Tropicana Field. For parking lot locations and other parking information, visit www.stpete.org/transportation/baseball_parking.asp <http://www.stpete.org/transportation/baseball_parking.asp>

BASEBALL SHUTTLE - A free baseball shuttle will help baseball fans move around between Tropicana Field and downtown during the postseason.

Shuttle stops are located just outside the South Core garage on Second St.
between Central Ave. and First Ave. S., under the pedestrian bridge, and just a short walk from the BayWalk parking garage; a second stop is located outside Tropicana Field on 16th St. just south of Third Ave. S. Shuttles with disability accommodations, including vehicles with wheelchair lifts, will be utilized at every game. Shuttles begin running 90 minutes prior to the start of each postseason home game, ending service one hour after the final inning.
Shuttles run approximately every 10 minutes. Additional information, including a route map, can be found at www.stpetetrolley.com/Events.html <http://www.stpetetrolley.com/Events.html>.

GETTING TO TROPICANA FIELD - If arriving at peak times or simply to avoid the interstate, fans may choose alternate routes to Tropicana Field. Traveling from the north, drivers may use Fourth St., or 16th St. and Fifth Ave. from the south. Fans using I-275 may also exit early at 54th, 38th or 22nd Aves.
N., travel east to Fourth St. and approach the ballpark from the east.

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