The Tampa Bay Rays, which had struggled with ticket sales throughout the season and even had to give away free tickets late in the year, officially sold out Game Five of the American League Divisional Series at Tropicana Field tonight, October 12.
Officials said the team sold out the last tickets just before noon today, which means the domed stadium will pack in more than 40,000 fans. Tropicana Field normally holds just under 37,000, but the team decided to remove tarps covering about 5,000 obstructed-view seats for tonight’s do-or-die game against the Texas Rangers.
The Rays made extra tickets available to Game Five at 9 a.m. EDT on Monday, October 11. First pitch for tonight’s game is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. EDT.
Whichever teams wins tonight, they will host the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees, beginning Friday, October 15. The National League Championship Series, between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies, will begin Saturday night, October 16, in Philadelphia.
CBSSports.com previewed tonight’s Game Five in the video below.