ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays host their annual Fan Fest at Tropicana Field on Saturday with free admission and parking.
The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with more than 30 players expected to attend, including starting pitcher Chris Archer and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier
Autograph passes for Rays players are no longer available, according to the team's website. Archer, Kiermaier, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, outfielder Mallex Smith, pitcher Blake Snell, pitcher Jake Faria, catcher Wilson Ramos and pitcher Jake Odorizzi are scheduled to sign fan memorabilia.
Other events include a 20th-anniversary panel, sampling of food, Archer and Steven Souza Jr. reading stories to children, clubhouse tours, clinics and memorabilia sales.
Saturday's event comes one day after the team announced Ybor City as its preferred site for a new stadium. It marked the first time the team has publicly said it prefers Tampa over St. Petersburg, where the team has played at Tropicana Field since 1998.
Friday's announcement also unveiled "Tampa Bay Rays 2020," which promotes itself as a "broad-based community effort" to move the team to Tampa.
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