Rays to raise ticket prices after going to World Series

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It will cost more to see the Tampa Bay Rays next year.

Coming off their first winning season, the AL champion Rays announced Monday that single-game tickets will rise anywhere from $1 to $5, depending on location at Tropicana Field, where prices range from $10 to $210 for most home dates in 2009.

Prices range from $16 to $270 for 21 dates designated as "prime" games, including the home opener against the New York Yankees and three games in June against the Philadelphia Phillies, who defeated Tampa Bay in the World Series.

The Rays, who had never won more than 70 games in a season before winning 97 and making the playoffs for the first time this year, also are introducing what the team is calling "marquee" games -- 11 Saturday dates that will include a postgame concert or "premium" giveaway promotion. The price range for those games is $13 to $240.