Catch the Action of Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training

**Updated March 8, 2012: Registration for this event has closed.**

Be sure to follow #CCTweetup and #Rays on Twitter for the March 9 Tweetup.

Want to be taken out to the ballgame? The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is honored to be the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays and we will host a Tweetup on Friday, March 9, 2012, to coincide with the Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles in Port Charlotte, Florida. Seating will be in a suite at Charlotte Sports Park.

Preceding the 1:05 p.m. game, enjoy a "Maddonini Chicken" lunch at River City Grill in Punta Gorda. Rays Manager Joe Maddon recently recommended the dish and restaurant through a tweet. Space for this Tweetup is limited to eight (8) of our Twitter followers. @RaysJoeMaddon's Tweet about the "Maddonini Chicken" at River City Grill Interested in attending? Register for a chance to join other @CHGIFlorida and @RaysBaseball followers by completing the form. You must follow both @CHGIFlorida and @RaysBaseball. Be sure to let us @CHGIFlorida know you’ve applied. Registration for the March 9, 2012, Charlotte County Tweetup at River City Grill followed by the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles game on March 9, 2012, opens at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2 and closes at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday, March 5. Participants will be selected by lottery and will be notified by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. What is a Tweetup? A Tweetup is an in-person meeting of people who use social media to engage with the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau on Twitter. This Tweetup is an opportunity to meet other #Rays fans and experience some of what Charlotte County, Florida, has to offer. This Tweetup will use the hashtag #CCTweetup (Charlotte County Tweetup) and #Rays. This event is hosted and arranged by the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau. How do I register? Participants for the Tweetup will be selected by lottery. Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2 and closes on Monday, March 5 at 9 a.m. ET. Registration is for one person and is non-transferable. You may only register once per person, per Twitter account. You can register between 2:00 p.m. ET Friday, March 2, and Monday, 9:00 a.m. ET Monday, March 5, 2012. Do I need to have a Twitter account to register? This event is designed for people who regularly interact with the Charlotte Harbor VCB and Tampa Bay Rays via social media through Twitter. Registration is open to those who are active Twitter users who follow @CHGIFlorida and @RaysBaseball. What are the registration requirements? Registration indicates your intent to travel to Charlotte County, Florida on Friday, March 9, to attend lunch at River City Grill in Punta Gorda followed by the 1:05 p.m. baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles at the Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte. Lunch and admission into the suite at the Rays game will be provided complimentary to the eight (8) Twitter followers selected, however you will bear any additional costs associated with travel, lodging and activities. Parking at the Charlotte Sports Park is not included. All registrants must be at least 18 years old. "Maddonini Chicken" includes Italian sausage, mushrooms, red sauce and mozzarella atop risotto. Does my registration include a guest? No, sorry. Due to limited seating guests are not permitted, however, they can still dine at River City Grill and attend the game at their own expense but they will not be able to enter the suite. (Tickets for the game can be purchased at What if I cannot come to Charlotte County on March 9? If you cannot travel to Charlotte County to attend in person, you should not register for the Tweetup. You can follow the Tweetup on Twitter with the hashtags #CCTweetup and #Rays. When will I know if I am selected? The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau will contact applicants through email with additional information to those who have been invited. If you have been selected, you will be notified by the end of Tuesday, March 6. About the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is the official tourism marketing entitiy for Charlotte County, Florida, and we are proud to be the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays. The VCB’s role in Charlotte County government is to increase awareness of the Charlotte Harbor area domestically and internationally. Marketing strategies are targeted to encourage leisure and business travel including individuals, families, group tours, meetings and conferences, weddings, reunions, sports competitions, special events and film projects. VCB efforts generate revenue for resorts, hotels, condominiums and home rentals, as well as restaurants, retailers, attractions, recreational activities and supporting service companies. Visit for additional information about the area.