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Rays Up! Here's everything you need to know about the Tampa Bay Rays home opener today

Fans will be in the stands at Tropicana Field for the first time since 2019.
Credit: AP Photo/John Bazemore
Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) shown before spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Friday, March 19, 2021, in Fort Myers, Fla..

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays Up! The day so many fans have been waiting for since is here - the 2021 Rays home opener! It's the first time since 2019 we'll see fans in the stands, because of the coronavirus pandemic shutting things down in 2020.

About 9,000 Rays fans will pack Tropicana Field in St, Petersburg for the Rays home opener against the New York Yankees. The first pitch is at 3:10 p.m.

Last year, the Rays made it to the World Series. While they didn't come back from the MLB bubble as World Champs, they do still hold the title of 2020 American League Champions.

As the Trop reopens, things are going to look a little different this season. Fans are no longer allowed to bring in their own food and drinks into the stadium. People will also have to sit in pods to promote social distancing. 

The Rays have multiple options for sale for the number of seats you can buy in each pod. Those range from one seat to six seats. 

If you're thinking about that gameday food, there are new options at the ballpark! You can grab a Nathan's hot dog, which is now the official hot dog of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Or if you feel like treating yourself, try a boozy dessert or milkshake!

Heading into the Rays home opener, the team is 2-4. Your Rays starting pitcher today is Rich Hill.

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