We started this in the 2014 season,” said Gulfport Councilman Dan Liedtke as he rode the trolly from the Casino to the Rays game with his fellow Gulfportians last Thursday evening. “We had four trolly runs last year and we averaged about 100 people each game.”
The Gulfport trolly has been made available to Rays fans for free with the purchase of a Rays ticket from the Gulfport Casino. Tickets, which cost $25 dollars, get you a ride to and from the game, seats in the lower box level along the first base line and a free promotional Rays hat.
“Gulfport is working with the Rays organization and we’ll grab a bundle of 25 tickets and when we sell out of those, we come back and get 25 more. They just give them to us upfront and after they’re sold, we come and give them what they’re worth,” Liedtke said. “The Rays treat Gulfport right.”
Rays fan Tim Kovar rides the trolly to the games every time it’s available.
“It’s very good,” Kovar said. “For $25 you get on the trolly at the Casino, it brings you right here to gate 5, you walk maybe a quarter mile of aisle way to get to the seats and they are excellent. Then you are delivered right back to you parking spot at the Casino.”
Kovar’s love for baseball goes back to his days living in Pittsburgh, he explained, and following the Pirates in his childhood. Kovar said he has been a Rays fan since moving to the area four years ago.
Tickets for the September 17 Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles are on sale at the Gulfport Casino.