First, the Trop is in ST. PETERSBURG. Not Tampa. They are two different cities separated by a body of water.
I am a big baseball fan. When I was working I did a lot of traveling and every chance I got I went to see a baseball game - be it major or minor leagues. I have been to stadiums in practically every city and I can say there is nothing like the Trop.
It is an older indoor stadium. The advantage is that you never get rained out or have bad weather ruin your day and the temperature is a constant 72 degrees. When I see fans sitting in Yankee Stadium or some other open stadiums in August sweating or taking cover from the rain, I appreciate the Trop even more. However, the two draw backs to the stadium is the roof of the stadium is a maze of wires and if a ball is hit high enough it becomes a challenge to determine whether it is a dead ball, fair ball, hit, etc. Also, the bull pen is out in the open so a player has to guard the backs of catchers who are warming up pitchers.
I have found the seats to be comfortable and the staff to be a delight. My mother-in-law is disabled and needs a wheel chair, oxygen, and a breathing treatment. The personnel at the Trop are caring folks who go out of their way to be helpful. We take her to one game a year and she loves the place - as do my wife and I.
The view from the seats is very good. I read some comments about high prices for food and drink. However, the individuals who made these comments obviously have not been to baseball stadiums in Minneapolis, LA, SF, NYC, Boston, Miami, Chicago, etc. The food and drink at the Trop are a bargain in comparison and, in my opinion, the quality is superior. Unlike comments by others I have found the restrooms to be clean and well supplied.
I can never understand why more fans don't support this team. I was a Yankee fan for years but really love the spirit of the Rays. A team with such a small salary budget produces great results.
If you can afford it, I recommend you experience the Bancroft Club at least once. There wine and beer is included as is food. The seats are a little high up but you have very comfortable seats. Similar seats in other stadiums have cost me 50 to 100% more. Once again, the personnel at the Club are superior.
Whenever the fans show up they are noisy and the roof can hold the noise in. But that's what baseball is all about. Can you guess I love the place? :)
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