A Guide To Tropicana Field

December 17, 2011 10:08 AM

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1 Tropicana Drive
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 821-9301
www.tampabay.rays.mlb.com

Hours: Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Weekends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Opened in 1998, Tropicana Field is a fixed-domed stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida – home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays since the team’s inaugural season that same year. One of the most notable characteristics of the 1.1-million-square-foot complex is that Tropicana Field is the only stadium ever to host entire seasons of professional baseball, arena football, hockey and football, in addition to college basketball and college football games. Tropicana Field has also hosted NCAA college football’s St. Petersburg Bowl.

Along with world-class professional and amateur sporting events, amenities and attractions at Tropicana Field include:

  • The 10,000-gallon Rays Tank behind the right center field wall features more than 30 cownose rays, which fans can touch and feed throughout the game.
  • The Rays added four new video boards in 2007, including a 35-by-64-foot board in right field that is more than four times larger than the previous board.
  • Kids can enjoy a variety of interactive areas, including the Left Field Street area where fans can participate in a baseball-themed game show and take their picture on a Topps baseball card.

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Getting There

Tropicana Field is located directly east of Interstate 275 in St. Petersburg. If you’re traveling southbound on I-275 from Tampa or North Pinellas, take Exit 23B (Fifth Avenue North) and travel south on 20th Street to First Avenue South or Third Avenue South. If you are traveling northbound on I-275, take Exit 21 (31st Street) and follow it to Fifth Avenue South. There are plenty of signs along approach routes to guide you to the park.

Parking
Parking rates at Tropicana Field range from $10 to $20 per vehicle. Tailgating is allowed. For disabled parking needs, Lots 1, 6 and 7 offer accessible parking spaces just outside the gates and are all van-accessible. There is also a drop-off area in front of Gate 4, located directly across from Lot 1 on 16th Street South.

Tickets

Whether its spring training tickets, season tickets, or single-game tickets for The Rays or other events at Tropicana Field, you can order tickets online at the Tampa Bay Rays website.

Best Seats

If you like to watch the game close to the action, you can’t do any better than Home Plate Club seating.

Restaurants

One of the most popular eateries at Tropicana Field is Batter’s Eye Restaurant. Customers can enjoy a variety of food and cocktail offerings while overlooking center field. For more information and reservations (for parties of six or more), call (727) 825-3378.

Lodging

The Rays’ website lists some nearby hotels, including:

Hotel Indigo
234 3rd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-4814 or (877)-8-INDIGO
www.hotelindigo.com

Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront
333 First Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-5000 or (800)-HILTONS
www.stpetersburg.hilton.com

– Steve Hartsoe
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