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downstairs
04-19-2011, 02:29 PM
Just a curiosity... why do these (all?) Tampa games start at 6:40 their time? Nearly every other team in the country starts at 7:05 or close to that.

asindc
04-19-2011, 02:37 PM
My guess is that they want to catch people in downtown Tampa and encourage them to come into St. Pete before they head home, which for many is in the opposite direction.

MeteorsSox4367
04-19-2011, 02:41 PM
They said something on the game last night that the Rays are doing this in April and May as a test to benefit the kids in the area who are still in school, but might want to see a game and get home at a decent time and be ready for school the next day.

Judging by the crowd at last night's game, a lot of schools in the Tampa area are holding "Dress Up Like An Empty Seat Day" contests.

Fenway
04-19-2011, 02:56 PM
They said something on the game last night that the Rays are doing this in April and May as a test to benefit the kids in the area who are still in school, but might want to see a game and get home at a decent time and be ready for school the next day.

Judging by the crowd at last night's game, a lot of schools in the Tampa area are holding "Dress Up Like An Empty Seat Day" contests.

Plenty of good seats for tonight
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0D004650DBAB748C?tfl=Tampa_Bay_Rays-Tickets-Single_Game_Tickets-upcomingseriespromos-b2

The problem with the 6:40 starts is you then blow off the Tampa side of the bay.

dickallen15
04-19-2011, 03:03 PM
The older fans will be home just a little past their bedtime.

nug0hs
04-19-2011, 03:49 PM
Almost all of their weekday evening games start at 6:40 pm. Friday night games are at 7:10. What's up with this? Is it so all the old people can catch the early bird special for dinner at 5 and then head over? :scratch:

CLUBHOUSE KID
04-19-2011, 03:50 PM
I like it. Either way it is early on central time (5:40, 6:10)

EMachine10
04-19-2011, 03:52 PM
It's for kids to get home earlier. It'll change once the school year ends.

samurai_sox
04-19-2011, 03:53 PM
Almost all of their weekday evening games start at 6:40 pm. Friday night games are at 7:10. What's up with this? Is it so all the old people can catch the early bird special for dinner at 5 and then head over? :scratch:

Whoa careful, thats not gonna go over well with all the old timers here on WSI.

voodoochile
04-19-2011, 03:53 PM
I assumed it was to let people go straight to the park from work.

ewokpelts
04-19-2011, 03:54 PM
i imagine tv ratings are boosted by this as well

DSpivack
04-19-2011, 04:11 PM
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=127469

EMachine10
04-19-2011, 04:12 PM
They explained it on the broadcast last night - kids home earlier (In case my above post was interpreted as a guess).

Noneck
04-19-2011, 04:15 PM
The older fans will be home just a little past their bedtime.

And able to get a blue bird dinner special before the game.

downstairs
04-19-2011, 04:49 PM
Almost all of their weekday evening games start at 6:40 pm. Friday night games are at 7:10. What's up with this? Is it so all the old people can catch the early bird special for dinner at 5 and then head over? :scratch:

Funny... we posted the same question an hour apart.

Thanks everyone, I was just curious. Kids home earlier makes sense.

doublem23
04-19-2011, 05:23 PM
It's Florida. Old people.

LITTLE NELL
04-19-2011, 05:30 PM
It's Florida. Old people.

C'mon, lighten up on us old folks.

voodoochile
04-19-2011, 05:33 PM
It's Florida. Old people.

Can you type that in a bigger font please. My eyes aren't what they once were...

Hitmen77
04-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Well, the bright side of these early starts is that by the time I'm home and ready to watch baseball, the Sox were already done rolling over for another game and I missed out on some painful baseball.

Frankfan4life
04-19-2011, 09:56 PM
They said something on the game last night that the Rays are doing this in April and May as a test to benefit the kids in the area who are still in school, but might want to see a game and get home at a decent time and be ready for school the next day.

Judging by the crowd at last night's game, a lot of schools in the Tampa area are holding "Dress Up Like An Empty Seat Day" contests.:roflmao:

manders_01
04-19-2011, 11:29 PM
Rockies shifted to the 6:40 start time last season and have kept it. Kinda of a pain when you forget and end up being late to the game. But it was nice to be home at 9:30 tonight.

EnglishChiSox
04-20-2011, 10:49 AM
The Dbacks have started games at 6.40 local for some time haven't they. It's not a bad idea is smaller markets where every cent counts.

ewokpelts
04-20-2011, 10:57 AM
wasnt there a time when sox games started at 8pm?

LITTLE NELL
04-20-2011, 11:10 AM
wasnt there a time when sox games started at 8pm?

In the 50s and 60s. It was probably 8pm from when they first installed the lights in 1939 but I'm not positive as I started following the Sox in the early 50s. I can't remember when it went to 7:30pm (early 70s ?) and of course its now 7:00pm.

Lip Man 1
04-20-2011, 11:43 AM
Sox did indeed start night games at 8PM. Of course they were able to do that in part because there wasn't 2:30 of commercials every half inning.

Lip

fisk4ever
04-20-2011, 12:08 PM
I like the earlier start time. I wish football would do that for night games, too.

soxlady8
04-20-2011, 02:03 PM
I liked the early start when I went to the game on Monday. I was able to get out of there pretty early then hit up the Dog Track for some poker action.

The Trop wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. What was really odd was that there was only 5,600 people in attendance. EVEN in crappy weather , there are more Sox fans then that .

LITTLE NELL
04-20-2011, 02:32 PM
I liked the early start when I went to the game on Monday. I was able to get out of there pretty early then hit up the Dog Track for some poker action.

The Trop wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. What was really odd was that there was only 5,600 people in attendance. EVEN in crappy weather , there are more Sox fans then that .

Where did you get that 5,600 number? Paid attendance was over 12,000 which isn't too good either but 5,600?

Last night 13,700 showed up in the Trop but there were some other lousy figures last night in MLB:
12,000 in Balt
12,900 in Cincy
11,100 in Miami
10,000 in KC
12,400 in Seattle

My guess is that MLB attendance is down this year in every city except Philly, Boston, Arlington Texas and SF.

soxlady8
04-21-2011, 09:12 PM
I asked an Usher/Rays employee after the game ... He said 5,600 showed up for the game. Perhaps more paid , but did not show up ???