Fans fill watch parties across Tampa Bay area to support Rays in World Series

It is going to be a big week for baseball fans in the Tampa Bay area. The Rays had a disappointing first game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night, but fans at a socially distant watch party at the St. Petersburg pier acknowledged -- it's just one game.

The seven-game series is being played at the $1.2-billion Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

The first team to win four games takes home the championship. If it goes to seven games, the final outing would be next Wednesday, October 28.

“We’re gonna win it,” Rays fan Jay Folz, who is in Arlington to watch the game, told FOX 13. “My prediction is that the Rays are going to win in five.”

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Over the weekend, the Rays beat the Houston Astros in San Diego.

This is the second time the team has made it to the World Series. Compare that to the Dodgers, who have gotten there three out of the last four years.

Fans who want to experience the excitement throughout the Bay Area can attend watch parties on both sides of the bay.

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A World Series like no other opens Tuesday night with Clayton Kershaw’s Los Angeles Dodgers pursuing redemption, Kevin Kiermaier’s Tampa Bay Rays seeking acclaim and Major League Baseball relieved just to reach the championship of the pandemic-delayed season.

The party at the new St. Pete Pier will include a big screen TV on Spa Beach and will start at 6 p.m. Expect to be socially distanced in groups of no more than 6 people. It is suggested you wear a mask.

For traditionalists, there’s Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Pete.

And for those in Hillsborough County who might not want to cross the bay, there’s a city-sponsored watch party at Sail Plaza at the Tampa Convention Center downtown. Viewing parties begin Thursday and continue on Friday and Sunday, with pre-game activities beginning at 7 p.m.

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