This is a baseball field??? I don't think so.. I have been to several baseball stadiums and Tropicana Field was by far the worst. I can say that ticket prices were very reasonable, there was plenty of parking, and the seats were very close to the field. Despite all this, the field and the atmosphere were horrible. The entire time that I was there I felt as if I was watching a game being played on a bumper pool table rather than a baseball field. It was more suitable for an indoor soccer game or an arena football game than a major league baseball game. There was no baseball feel to it at all. Added to this was the fact that there were more fans cheering for the opposing team than the home team! Very sad.
Baseball, concerts and other big events--all at "The Trop.".
In 1990, it opened as the Suncoast Dome. It became the Thunderdome in 1993 and was home was for the Tampa Bay Lightning, setting an NHL single-game attendance record. Tropicana Field, as it's been called since 1996, is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose stadium that now serves as the regular-season home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
It proves time and again that it can easily accommodate more than 40,000 screaming fans for baseball, basketball or any one of the musical artists who have performed there. Just above the left-field wall, there are 1,400 seats known as "the beach." It comes complete with foliage, scenery and nearby concessions. Versatility and location is a key feature to the stadium; there's easy access on and off the interstate, and it's just minutes away from the tourist-friendly Pier and Baywalk along the St. Petersburg waterfront.
Gotta Love the Tropicana. I recently went to see the Devil Rays and loved it! So what if the team isn't world series champs, it is baseball! Not only did I love watching such a young team play with their hearts, but I loved the stadium as well. The ushers were so friendly and informative. All the fans around me were having a blast, cheering and dancing to the music. I am bringing my friends back because I want to see the Devil Rays play!
My Visit. On April 23, 2003 while vacationing in Fla from Md I went to Tropicana Field to see a game. I was able to get great parking for a very reasonable price. I was able to go right to the window and purchase a ticket without hassell. With all this great service it got even better. We sat in the left outfield and was greeted by the most hospitable and most friendly usher I have ever met. His name was Sam. He gave my son a ball that had been hit during batting practice, and periodically came and spoke to him during the game. Usually my son is asleep by the second inning. Because of Sam he was glued to the game and has become a great Devil Rays fan. Thankyou for a great time. Thankyou Sam.
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