Rays and Lightning Offer Student Discounts on Tickets

By Shane Petagna

With a new school year underway, some of Tampa Bay’s local professional sports team are offering great deals to college students to watch games during the current and upcoming seasons. Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing any student to take advantage as long as they have a valid .edu email address.

For the Rays, you can see one of the best teams in the American League for just $9. These tickets are standing room only and apply to Monday-Thursday home games for the remainder of the regular season.

The areas designated for standing room only at Tropicana Field include the walkways in the outfield in the lower bowl, the Budweiser Porch in centerfield, as well as the Rays Party Deck in left field in the 300 level. These tickets also grant access to Ballpark & Rec, a sports bar inside the stadium with Skee-Ball, cornhole and other games throughout. The bar doesn’t offer a direct view of the game but is open two hours before first pitch and is one of the many attractions to be explored in the stadium.

“Tropicana Field is a place where students can get away and relax while watching a baseball game,” said Rays Fan Host Katelyn Clemens. “They can come together and create connections with other people within Tampa Bay.”

Students must register for tickets before noon on the Friday the week before the series they’d like to attend. The Rays opponents that apply to this deal include the Boston Red Sox from Sept. 5-7, the Houston Astros from Sept. 19-21, and one game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 22.

As for the Lightning, last season’s Eastern Conference champions offer a similar bargain as a part of their Student Rush deal. UT students will be able to purchase $20 standing room only tickets for every game at Amalie Arena during the upcoming 2022-23 season, including the playoffs.

These tickets give access to the viewing areas in the Promenade Level outside sections 104, 112, 120 and 128, or from the Coors Light Between The Pipes area on the Trane Terrace Level. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on game days.

“The process is simple overall but when it’s time to get a ticket for the playoffs it can be challenging,” said Kim Pesquera, a sophomore general studies major at Hillsborough Community College.

However, even better tickets can become available for select games.

“It’s exciting when they drop actual seats for the Student Rush Tickets where a seat at $100 value will only be for $20 as part of the student deal,” said sophomore communication, media and culture major Samantha Relkin.

The Lightning begin the preseason on Sept. 27, with the first home game being the following day against the Carolina Hurricanes. The regular season will begin for Tampa Bay on Oct. 11, with their home opener on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. The regular season will run through the middle of April 2023.

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