ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - It may not be baseball season just yet, but that didn't stop droves of fans from coming out to Tropicana Field to show support for their Tampa Bay Rays during 2019 Fan Fest.
"I've got goosebumps just even thinking about it. I'm a full season ticket holder, last year I saw 58 out of 81 games here. I'm just excited," said Sherry Langlais, a longtime Rays fan.
Over 70 former and current players were at the Trop ready to greet fans. Some Rays even encouraged fans to challenge their skills on the ping pong table.
"It's a great event. You get to meet them, autographs, talk about their hopes for the new season. Pretty cool," said Joshua Frenden, a young fan.
With activities for both young and old to enjoy, the smiles and team spirit were hard to miss.
"Ever since we got the team, ever since March 31, 1998, this is my number one team," Langlis said.
While Fan Fest took over Tropicana Field, another topic on fans' minds was the possible new location for the Rays stadium that has been brought back to the table.
Though the proposed stadium in Ybor City fell through late last year, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced Friday that a new home for the Rays elsewhere in St. Pete might be an option.
"Regardless of whether it's in our county over here in Pinellas or it's over in Hillsborough County, if it stays in this area, that's the most important thing, that's the number one thing," Langlis said.
However, at least for Saturday, that discussion would have to wait as fans said they were just excited to come out to the Trop and show their team pride as they look forward to a great season ahead.
Spring training for the Rays will kick off later this month on Feb. 22, with the regular season beginning on March 28.