Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Schedule & Reporting Dates - 2021
Pitchers & Catchers First Work Out
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Full Squad First Work Out
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Fan Event
March 27, 2021: The Tampa Bay Rays will host Drive to Opening Day, a new drive-thru event in the Tropicana Field parking lots that replaces the team’s annual Fan Fest. With COVID-19 still prevalent in the Tampa Bay area, the Rays have transformed the preseason event into a drive-thru concept with giveaways, experiences and photo opportunities from fans’ cars. Fan hosts, DJs and mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty will be on hand at stations throughout the event. To participate in Drive to Opening Day, fans can claim a free ticket for a designated time slot at RaysBaseball.com/Drive. Season Members will have the opportunity to claim tickets before the general public. Tickets reserved in advance are free. If space is still available, fans who arrive on the day of the event without a reservation can enter by making a $10 donation to the Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund. Among the activities and experiences at the event, fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the American League Championship trophy. A snack station will have light ballpark fare for fans as they drive. The Rays are committed to keeping fans and staff safe during the Drive to Opening Day event. Face masks are required while vehicle windows are down and any time outside a vehicle. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL.
The Tampa Bay Rays officially moved to their new spring home, 75 miles south, in Port Charlotte, Florida in February, 2009.
The Charlotte County Stadium (now the Charlotte County Sports Park), which was spring training home to the Texas Rangers from 1987 - 2002, was renovated in time for the start of the 2009 Tampa spring training season to the tune of $28 million.
The Charlotte County Stadium features over 5,000 reserved seats and 2,000 seats on the grass berms along the foul lines in the outfield.
Rays front office officials say that with suites and group party areas the overall capacity is about 6,800.
The renovated park features a boardwalk that spans the outfield, a barbecue area, a Tiki bar along the boardwalk in center field with a roof lined with old baseball cards and a children’s play area which will be open year round...and has become an “autograph alley” for fans during spring training season.
There are also 5 ½ practice fields in addition to the stadium, covered batting cages and more, all designed to make the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays feel right at home.
Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training
The first Tampa Bay Rays spring training work out is scheduled for mid-late February when pitchers and catchers have their first workout. (subject to change)
The full squad is scheduled to report a few days later and their first full squad workout is scheduled for a few days after that.
The Tampa Bay Rays first spring training game is February 28, 2014, at home in Pt. Charlotte, against the Baltimore Orioles, whose spring training home is Sarasota.
After Spring Training: The stadium will not be empty over the summer. The Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs will take over the park.
Directions: From the Sarasota area take I-75 south to exit 179 toward North Port/Port Charlotte. Merge on to North Toledo Blade BLVD. Turn right at El Jobean Rd/SRR-776/Veterans Blvd. Continue to follow El Jobean Road/SRR-776 until you see the park, (about a mile) on the left. Turn left into the park grounds. The Charlotte County Sports Park is at 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL. From the Sarasota/Venice area this is about a 30-35 minute drive from the I-75/Laurel Rd interchange.
Dates and times are deemed to be correct, however they were provided by the Rays and are subject to change without notice, according to the Rays.