SBD/8/Franchises

DEVIL RAYS HOPE ORIOLES AND OTHER AL EAST FOES BOOST GATE

          The Devil Rays "face their biggest test" this weekend
     when they host the Orioles for a three-game series -- not on
     the field but "in the stands," according to Peter Schmuck of
     the Baltimore SUN.  The Orioles mark the first series of the
     year against an AL East rival for the Devil Rays, who rank
     11th in MLB attendance at 31,605 a game.  Devil Rays Managing
     General Partner Vince Naimoli said attendance has "been a
     little bit disappointing.  I don't know if it's because the
     kids aren't out of school or what, but we hope that now that
     we're going to play some of our divisional rivals, it will
     start to pick up."  Schmuck writes that the team's obstacles
     start "with Tropicana Field."  Devil Rays VP/PR Rick Vaughn:
     "There was a negative connotation to the building.  That's
     something we have to get past" (Baltimore SUN, 5/8).  Naimoli
     said he would give the team a "B" in ticket sales, but added,
     "We're taking a much more active stance to marketing ourself. 
     Some of our broadcasters were telling listeners it might be a
     nice idea to take Mom out to see the Orioles and have a nice
     buffet for Mother's Day" (Kevin Wells, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/8).  

Return to top
Video Powered By - Castfire CMS Powered By - Sitecore

Report a Bug