Individual tickets for went on sale for Opening Day of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ maiden season on December 6, 1997. The game sold out in approximately seventeen minutes. The Devil Rays’ Opening Day would take place on March 31, 1998.
Devil Rays third baseman Wade Boggs collected his 3,000th hit on August 7, 1999 with a home run in the sixth inning off Indians pitcher Chris Haney. Boggs thus became the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, kissing home plate to conclude his trip around the bases.