What’s happening in Tampa Bay sports: Devil Rays Day, dragon boats and Bucs-Dolphins

The playoff-hungry Rays look to feast at Tropicana Field.
Published August 14

RAYS: Two foes to feast on?

Two last-place teams, including one that’s the worst in the majors this season (Detroit Tigers), visit Tropicana Field starting this week. That’s good news for the Tampa Bay Rays, who are fighting for a wild-card playoff spot. First up is the rebuilding Tigers on Friday (7:10 p.m.), Saturday (6:10 p.m.) and Sunday (1:10 p.m.). Saturday’s game is Devil Rays Day as Tampa Bay wears its throwback uniforms and fans get a Willy Adames bobblehead while supplies last. On Sunday, fans 14 and younger will get a Raymond bendable keychain while supplies last. On Monday (7:10 p.m.), Tuesday (7:10 p.m.) and Aug. 21 (1:10 p.m.), the Rays face the Seattle Mariners. $20 and up. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Toll-free 1-888-FANRAYS. mpv.tickets.com. TV: Fox Sports Sun: radio: 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

PADDLING: SunWest Dragon Boat Festival

Get your dragon on at the SunWest Dragon Boat Festival, in which at least 10 boats race on a 350-meter course. The rules: Participating teams must have 10 paddlers (at least four female competitors); three alternate paddlers are allowed and can be rotated in any manner. All paddlers must be 14 or older (each team has one drummer, 12 or older). A practice session is Friday (email practice@highfivedragonboat.com). All equipment provided, including boat, life vests, paddles, drums and steer-persons. Hosted by High Five Dragon Boat. Spectator parking $5; teams pay $275-$525. 8 a.m. Saturday. SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. (813) 426-3544. Find the event on Facebook.


Bulls: Join players at the Kick-Off Luncheon that includes speeches and meet-and-greets with coach Charlie Strong, University of South Florida athletics chief Michael Kelly, Rocky the Bull, cheer teams and the Herd of Thunder Band. $30. 11 a.m. Thursday. Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa. (800) 462-8557.

Bucs: Miami visits the banged-up — already! — Bucs in Game 2 of it-doesn’t-count play. $40 and up. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Toll-free 1-866-582-2827.

Lightning: Mingle with Tampa Bay Lightning personalities at Bolts Brew Fest, which features craft beer and oversized games. $50-$60. 7 p.m. Friday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-2500.