CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The Tampa Bay Rays will open their sixth season at Charlotte Sports Park with a special tribute to active and retired servicemen and women when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, February 28. Game time is 1:05 p.m.
The spring season will officially open with the delivery of the American Flag and game ball by the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team. The Para-Commandos will perform a precision free-fall demonstration, landing in Charlotte Sports Park. The Officer in charge of the jump team, Army Sergeant First Class Kyle Margelofsky, will throw out the first ceremonial pitch. He has deployed 10 times, including six trips to Iraq and four to Afghanistan, and has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.
Additionally, the Rays have partnered with Charlotte County’s Veteran Services Division to invite 300 of the area’s veterans as special guests for the spring opener. The mission of Charlotte County Veteran Services is to provide services and support to the citizens of the County who are veterans of military service, their families, dependents and/or survivors and like persons residing in Charlotte County.
The Rays will also be offering a special military discount for the opener. Active or retired personnel showing a military ID can purchase up to four half-price general admission seats at the box office on the day of the game.