FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Red Sox fans can watch the team "play ball" for a bargain Tuesday.
A special ticket promotion was available for the Boston Red Sox game on Tuesday, March 8 against the Houston Astros.
All outfield, bleacher and lawn seats will be available at the special price of $5 for the 1:05 p.m. match up.
“The March 8 game is an add-on and was included in our schedule after the regular Spring Training ticket sales process was already well under way. This recent turn of events produced extra ticket inventory for this game only, so we decided to create a special promotion to show our appreciation to Lee County by providing discounted tickets to residents and fans who are here visiting Southwest Florida,” said Katie Haas, Director of Florida Operations.
“The Red Sox also look forward to recognizing a number of Lee County nonprofits and community groups in a pregame ceremony on March 8. During our recent Week of Community Service, we saw firsthand the tireless efforts of these organizations and want to honor their commitment to serving those in need.”
Due to a conflict with the start of Major League Baseball’s 2011 regular season on March 31, the exhibition game between the Red Sox and the Houston Astros originally scheduled for that date at Minute Maid Park will no longer be played.
To replace the March 31 exhibition, two games against the Houston Astros were recently added to the Spring Training schedule in Florida. In addition to the split-squad game on March 8 at 1:05 p.m. at City of Palms Park, the two teams will play again March 11 at 1:05 p.m. at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee.
Prior to the 1:05 p.m. game, Lee County community groups and nonprofits that have worked with the Red Sox during the past year will be recognized on the field. Participating organizations include PACE Center for Girls, Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.’s Everyday Marketplace and Montessori Preschool, Eden Autism Services School, Alliance for the Arts, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Multicultural Center of Southwest Florida and Hope Hospice’s Rainbow Trails.
The Red Sox are also helping raise awareness of and support for local community groups through a new day-of-game initiative, the Red Sox’s Community Corner program. A different nonprofit organization has a booth on the concourse at each home game where they can distribute information to the more than 8,000 fans that regularly attend Red Sox Spring Training games.