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Rays launch MLB’s first regular season “Virtual Ballpark” experience

Rays launch MLB’s first regular season “Virtual Ballpark” experience

Rendering of an open air baseball park at night.
Rendering via MLB

When the Tampa Bay Rays host the Los Angeles Angels next week, a new option to catch all the action will be unlike anything Major League Baseball has ever experienced before. The Rays announced today that their game against the Angels on Wednesday, September 20 will be the first-ever “virtual ballpark” experience, allowing fans to watch the game in interactive 3D through computers or smart devices.

The free experience can be joined by visiting mlb.com/virtual-ballpark and logging in with an existing MLB Ballpark login (or creating a new one). The virtual ballpark will open 30 minutes before first pitch at 6:40 pm, allowing fans time to create their avatar and explore the stadium.

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Step inside an immersive virtual stadium

Through their smart devices, fans will be able to explore both inside and outside the stadium, while the action of the real-life game is displayed in real-time 3D on the virtual field. Participants will also be able to use their avatar to chat with other fans and take part in stadium scavenger hunts, prediction polls, and even Rays/Angels trivia, where they can climb the leaderboard and earn prizes.

The virtual stadium even has the jumbo video board, which will show the live game broadcast inside The Trop. And lest any fan be left without a memento from the game, all attendees will also receive a commemorative game ticket from Candy Digital that will be emailed to their MLB Ballpark account after the game.

A Major League creation for a new fan experience

The virtual ballpark was created by the teams at MLB and Improbable M2. The new experience underwent a beta test at this year’s Celebrity Softball game during the All-Star Break, and this Wednesday’s tilt will be the first regular season game ever broadcasted from the virtual park.

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And for those who prefer their baseball in person, be sure to get tickets for games now as the Rays enter the homestretch of the hunt for the playoffs. Get tickets to any remaining regular season games now at mlb.com/rays/tickets.

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