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“Go Rays!!”
Review of Tropicana Field

Tropicana Field
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Owner description: Home of the Tampa Bay Rays, this major league park is the first to feature naturally looking FieldTurf.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

The Trop gets a bad rap from people who don't understand the history of the stadium or how small market baseball works. For those who don't know, this stadium was built about 10 yrs before the Rays existed. It was built in the hopes that they could lure the White Sox there, but that didn't obviously work. So the stadium was used for other events (arena football, hockey, the Final Four, etc.) until the Rays came. Basically, if you go in with the expectations that this is going to be Camden Yards or Turner Field, you'll be disappointed, but you should just enjoy what it is, an indoor stadium in one of the most humid/hot/sticky parts of the U.S. (I grew up for 22 yrs in St. Pete and got real tired of sweating on Christmas Day, so I moved north). The Rays are an exciting team with a hip manager and devoted fans. As for my experience, I finally was able to see my first Rays game (I moved to Atlanta 3 yrs before they got the Rays), and my family with children (8, 10, & 15) had a good time. I bought some upper deck tickets real cheap from an on-line ticket place, and the seats were in the first row of the upper deck. They really had a great view, although we did feel high up there. About the 4th inning we toured around the stadium and then moved down to the lower level (section 125), because it was a Monday game and the crowd was very light. My children enjoyed getting to pet the Rays at the rays tank. Some reviewers have complained about the food prices, but tell me what stadium in the country actually has cheap food prices?? Overall, the walkways around the stadium are clean and colorful and well-lit. It really is a pleasant place to walk around. The best part of the whole experience, when you get right down to it, is the Rays!! They are an exciting team to watch. If you're going to be entertained by the venue, then you may be slightly disappointed, but if you're going to enjoy good baseball, you will have a great time. One last perk is the parking. I've paid 15 bucks to park a mile away at Turner Field, but I paid 15 bucks at the Trop and parked basically right next to the stadium in the main lot, and getting out after the game was a breeze.

Thank Richard J
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Honestly, I don't get any of the negative reviews. I love the Trop! The staff is always super friendly and eager to assist you. The security check is quick & efficient. The parking is a breeze. There's a huge variety of food to choose from. There's Everglades barbecue that has terrific pulled pork nachos. There's the usual chains such as Outback, Papa John's, Checkers, and Carvel. They serve a signature Kayem frank hot dog as well as the typical Cuban sandwich that you can find all over Tampa. You always have the option of bringing in your own food & drink (with the exception of alcohol) if you don't like what they have to offer, or don't like the typical ballpark prices. The ticket prices are reasonable. The value is there with the entertainment alone. Families love it because their kids are entertained with attractions such as the interactive game room, rays touch tank, and the museum with the "Hitters Hall of Fame" memorabilia. The biggest positive of all is that it's a covered stadium so you never have to worry about the weather. Sure, there's the occasional delay of game due to lighting issues... but that could happen at any night game in any MLB stadium. It's never a problem because it's always resolved quickly without further delay. It may get a little too cold depending if you're sitting near an air condition vent. Most of us ladies know to bring a light jacket just in case. Other than that, I don't have one negative thing to say.

Besides, it's your Tampa Bay Rays! Why would you stay home to watch the game on TV when you can experience it in person and have the same comforts of home (not your own couch, but so what) and support a great team? I can understand if you're traveling from as far as Lakeland or Orlando. Especially during the work week when I-4 traffic is horrific... but what about the weekends? I just don't get it. I'm not so sure that a new stadium in Tampa would ever resolve the attendance problem. The Marlins have a new stadium and it hasn't resolved anything. They still have low attendance. Maybe the Trop just needs a cosmetic overhaul.

1  Thank KarenV87
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Tropicana Field is easy to find and park,near downtown St.Petersburg,Fl. We had great seats in lower section. Many places to buy refeshments. Rays are an exciting team to watch. Only negative to Tropicana is it needs to be updated,especially the bathrooms. Exciting Tropicana was easy.

1  Thank beerman1209
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I must admit, I wasn't expecting much prior to the game, but I actually enjoyed the Tropicana Field and the Rays game. PROS: It's a good place with comfy seats, lots of staff (maybe too much, makes me wonder if they are paid or just volunteers?!) and plenty of food venues although a bit pricy (try the turkey burger!). CONS: no ambiance and not much fun activities for the crowd during the game comparing to other baseball stadiums, some staff were not 'kid-friendly'. P.s.: It could feel a little cool inside if you spent the day at +45 degrees like I did.

Thank JOANNIC
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Look, this is west central Florida. It gets HOT during the summer, so being able to watch a baseball game in an air conditioned arena is fantastic. They have more snack shops and restaurants than you could visit in a day. There are no bad seats in this stadium. So get out there and enjoy the game (no matter who is playing)

1  Thank Dogfather96
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