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RAYS OF LIGHT FOR MLB? TAMPA OPENER SELLS OUT IN 17 MINUTES
Published December 8, 1997
The Devil Rays put on sale single-day tickets for its inaugural season over the weekend, and when the stadium box office closed Saturday evening, team officials "estimated 5,000 fans had been by and approximately 100,000 tickets had been sold," according to John Romano of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. With those tickets added to the 23,000 season tickets the team has sold an advance attendance of "nearly" 2 million for the '98 season. Romano added that the Devil Rays "were not just selling tickets, they were selling themselves," as manager Larry Rothschild and more than a dozen players and coaches were on hand (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 12/7). Opening Day tickets for Tropicana Field sold out in 17 minutes (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 12/7).