Tropicana Field Tickets
Tropicana Field Seating Chart and Event Tickets
Events at Tropicana Field
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TAMPA BAY RAYS: Tropicana Field
For several years, Tampa Bay had the stadium to host a major league baseball team. They just had a little trouble finding the team to play in it.
First, it looked like the Chicago White Sox might relocate to Tampa. That plan was scuttled when New Comiskey Park was approved. Then the San Francisco Giants appeared to be headed to Tampa. Again, the deal fell apart.
Finally, in the spring of 1995, the city earned an expansion team from major league baseball and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were born. There has been little good news since then.
Tropicana Field tries about as hard as a domed stadium can try. The eight-story-high rotunda entrance was designed from the exact blueprints used to create the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ebbets Field. Unfortunately, Tropicana Field was built just before the retro ballpark craze took hold, and by trying to be modern, it shows its age. Major league baseball has suggested that the Rays need to be out of the building and into a new facility as soon as possible. Tropicana Field seating is not the typical generic domed seating plan. 100 high-backed, upholstered “Scout Seats” are the plum tickets, as they give occupants individual monitors showing views from all stadium cameras plus individual concessions and statistics. The stadium also features a restaurant in dead center field hidden behind special one-way glass-patrons of the restaurant can see out, but restaurant activities don’t interfere with the batter’s line of sight.
Rays ticket holders can at least be consoled with the knowledge that they’re watching something unique in major league baseball. Tropicana Field is the only major league park to feature artificial turf and all-dirt base paths. The stadium utilizes the revolutionary FieldTurf system combined with Tennessee clay.
Despite Tropicana Field’s unmistakable heritage as a multipurpose facility, the Rays ownership group has tried to make the park more fan-friendly, as they’ve moved the bullpens into the field of play (down the left and right field lines) and added a family entertainment area that includes a rock climbing wall.
Year Built: Rays First Game 1998
‘12 attendance: 19,255 per game average; 1,559,681 total
Dimensions: 315 to Left, 370 to Left-center, 404 to Center, 370 to Right-center, 322 to Right
Hotels Nearby: Lee Manor Inn, The Pier Hotel, Hilton St. Petersburg, Holiday Inn St. Petersburg
Thrill of victory: Sept. 28, 2011: In perhaps the most memorable moment in the brief history of the Rays, third baseman Evan Longoria sent Tampa’s baseball franchise to the playoffs with a walk-off home run against the New York Yankees on the final day of the season in 2011. After the Rays trailed the Red Sox by nine games in September and seven runs in their final game, they capped an improbable comeback thanks to their star slugger, Evan Longoria, defeating the Bronx Bobmbers 8-7 in 12 innings.
Agony of defeat: Oct. 12, 2010: The Rays lost a decisive Game 5 to the Texas Rangers on their home field. Former Cy Young Award-winner Cliff Lee out dueled the ace of the Rays staff David Price in a game that Texas won 5-1. Road teams were undefeated in this strange series that sent the Rangers on to the American League Championship Series.
Rays Ticket Tips: Rays tickets are plentiful, so you can afford to be choosy about where you sit. Tickets in the Kane’s Club or Platinum Club are the closest to field level. If you get tired of your seats and it’s late in the game, check out the Checkers Bullpen Café. You’ll get a full-menu sit-down restaurant that’s located directly behind the Rays bullpen, so you can watch that Tampa relief pitcher warm up while chowing down on some dinner.