ST. PETERSBURG, FL--- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have added a number of new corporate partners, the club announced today.
The Rays will welcome more than seven new corporate partners for the 2006 season including Metro PCS, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Cay Clubs Resorts & Marinas, Sanyo, Southeast Toyota Dealers, Bryant Heating & Cooling and Barry Motor Sports.
“We are delighted to welcome so many new partners to the Rays family,” said Rays Vice President/Chief Sales Officer Mark Fernandez. “We are encouraged by the business community’s receptivity to the opportunities we can provide our partners.”
In addition, the Rays announced extensions of agreements with Anheuser-Busch, Brighthouse Networks/Bay News 9, Florida Lottery, GTE Federal Credit Union, Achieva Credit Union, Majestic Athletic, Verizon Yellow Pages, Papa Johns Pizza, Subway, JMC Communities, NAPA and Trane Air Conditioning. “We will continue to work diligently to demonstrate the value our partnerships provide,” said Fernandez.
“We also want to thank past partners who will not be returning for the 2006 season. We extend our deep appreciation for their past support.”
Those sponsors not returning for 2006 include Medical Hair Restoration, Outback Steakhouse, Dukes Mayonnaise and Bidville.com.
“There is a sense of excitement about the Rays among the fans and businesses of our region. The increase in corporate partnerships is an illustration of that,” Rays President Matt Silverman said.
The Rays expect to announce additional new partnerships in the coming weeks.
The Rays have already announced that parking will be free at all home games next season, a significant increase in the number of promotional dates, and the opening of a new location of the Ted Williams Museum at Tropicana Field. The team has also lowered its average ticket price from a year ago and is currently spending over $10 million on renovations to Tropicana Field.
The team also joined with the Pinellas and Hillsborough County Education Foundations to create the “Rays the Grades” school achievement program targeted at all kindergarten through eighth grade public school students in the two counties. The Rays have made approximately 250,000 ticket vouchers available to allow every eligible student to take advantage of the program.
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