Tickets scarce to Rays game in Cuba

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — In just a few days President Obama will be throwing out the first pitch at a historic baseball game in Havana where the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cuban National Team. Congresswoman Kathy Castor will be there and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will be there.

And, in  just a few days, Mario Nunez and his father will be on the trip of a lifetime. They will be in the stadium to watch President Obama throw out the first pitch in the game.

“The fact that we are going to be in the stadium, partaking in the baseball game that’s going to be historic in it’s own right and then have our president throwing out the first pitch, what could be better than that” said Mario Nunez.

Unfortunately, not everybody who wants to go will be able to get in. People here love baseball and want to see history, but the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuba National game is a hard ticket to come by.

Steve Rupert has been taking tour groups to Cuba for more than 20 years. He’s been working on getting tickets for a while now because he has a number of bay area clients who would like to go.

So how difficult has it been to get tickets?

“Well, so far it’s been impossible. I contact the Rays, they said they have no tickets at all, they sent me to major league baseball that said the same thing,” said Rupert.

Rupert has contacts in Cuba who are scrambling to find tickets for the game. But so far, they’ve been impossible to come by.

“I have heard that there is a group, the st. Pete downtown coalition or something that are offering packages of $3,500 dollars for three nights to go to the game, so they got tickets, so somebody is getting tickets, it just doesn’t seem to be available.”

However, there is a consolation prize.

The Rolling Stones will be providing a free concert in Havana on March 25, So, if the Tampa tour groups don’t make it into the baseball game, chances are pretty good they will be able to be near the concert, and they’ll be able to get some “Satisfaction”.

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