Rays-Yankees series shifted to Mets Citi Field due to Irma concerns
UPDATE, 3:30: The Rays are working on details on options for fans who had tickets to the Yankees games that were to be played at the Trop. And there should be info soon on getting tickets to the games at Citi Field.
In a statement, Rays president Brian Auld said:
"After much consideration, our games against the Yankees will be moved to Citi Field as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. We are grateful to the Mets for opening their doors to us. We are most concerned with the safety of our fans, our families, friends and neighbors."
DEVELOPING: With uncertainly over the path of and potential damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Major League Baseball is shifting next week's Yankees-Rays series from the Trop to the Mets' Citi Field.
The games will be played Monday and Tuesday at 7:10, then Wednesday at 1:10, with the Rays as the home team.
The Rays and MLB has been talking for several days about different options, including playing the games in Yankee Stadium or at a neutral site, with Baltimore considered a top possibility.
But based on stadium and hotel availability, the Mets Citi Field turned out to be the best option.
MLB and the Rays had planned to wait until Saturday to make a decision, hoping the forecast would provide clarity. If it looked like the storm would not cause major issues in the Tampa Bay area, the Rays were looking to still play at the Trop, pushing back the opener until Tuesday and then playing a doubleheader on Wednesday.
But with the projections now showing the storm may impact the Tampa Bay area, they made the call on Friday.
The Rays were scheduled to return home on Sunday after the weekend series in Boston, but knew it was a possibility the trip would get extended.
Just last month, the Rays and Tropicana Field hosted a Rangers-Astros series that was relocated from Houston due to storm damage from Hurricane Harvey.