Bally Sports Sun announces Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day broadcast plans

Rays new network home makes Tropicana Field debut
Live coverage begins statewide at 2 p.m. with a special hour-long pregame show
Broadcast team of six anchoring coverage featuring interviews Rays players and executives

TAMPA, Fla. – Bally Sports Sun, the new network home of the Tampa Bay Rays, announce Opening Day broadcast enhancements ahead of the Rays game vs. the New York Yankees on Friday, April 9. Live coverage of Opening Day in Tampa Bay will start at 2 p.m. with a special, one-hour “Rays Live” pregame show from Tropicana Field. A broadcast team of six will provide extensive analysis throughout the day as Rays broadcasters Dewayne Staats, Brian Anderson, Tricia Whitaker, Doug Waechter, Rich Hollenberg and Orestes Destrade get set to cover Tampa Bay’s first home game of the season.

Fans watching will enjoy comprehensive coverage of all the pregame festivities on the field, including the traditional introductions of the team and coaching staff. Viewers will want to tune in early to watch the Rays raise their American League East and American League Champion banners. Additionally, Whitaker will conduct pregame and in-game interviews with Rays players. Finally, digital reporter / host Kailey Mizelle will share an exclusive one-on-one interview with pitcher Ryan Yarbrough on @BallyRays on Twitter and @ballysportsflorida on Instagram.


Bally Sports Florida: Eric Esteban, (954) 375-3634, [email protected]


Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Sun are the local destinations for the Orlando Magic, Miami HEAT, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers. Together, Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Sun present more live, local sports programming than any other network or broadcast system in the market. Serving sports fans across the Sunshine State, the regional networks combine to produce more than 700 live sporting events and over 300 studio based and original programs year round. Bally Sports Florida and Bally Sports Sun are committed to making a positive impact in the communities we serve by engaging our audiences and providing award-winning TV, digital and streaming coverage of Florida’s hometown sports teams.

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