Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg FL

Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg FL

Tropicana Field

is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and is the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, formerly known as the Devil Rays. It has also served as the host stadium for the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl and the home of the Florida Panthers. It is the only stadium in history to host full seasons of professional baseball, football, hockey and arena football, as well as college basketball and college football games. It is currently the only non-retractable domed stadium in Major League Baseball.

Tropicana Field Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg FLAfter Tampa was awarded the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tampa Bay Rowdies in the 1970s, St. Petersburg decided it wanted a share of the professional sports scene in Tampa Bay and the citydecided early on that they would attempt to attract a Major League Baseball team. Possible designs for a baseball park or multi-purpose stadium were proposed as early as the early 1980’s, one designthat was to be in the same location where Tropicana Field was actually built, called for an open-air stadium with a circus tent covering. It took several design cues from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, including fountains beyond the outfield wall.

The stadium was originally named Florida Suncoast Dome, was first used as an attempt to lure the Chicago White Sox to relocate if a new ballpark were not built to replace the aging Comiskey Park. The governments of Chicago and Illinois eventually agreed to build a New Comiskey Park (now known as U.S. Cellular Field) in 1989.

The stadium was finished in 1990, and made St. Petersburg a finalist in the MLB expansion for 1993, but they lost out to Miami and Denver. The Suncoast Dome did manage to gain a tenant in 1993 when the Tampa Bay Lightning made the stadium its home for three seasons. In the process, the Suncoast Dome was renamed the Thunderdome. Because of the large capacity of what was basically a park built for baseball, several NHL attendance records were set during their time there. The Tampa Bay Storm of the AFL also played there during the Thunderdome era, and set attendance records for that league as well.

Finally, in 1995, the dome received a baseball team when MLB expanded to the Tampa Bay area. Changes were made to the stadium and the name, which was changed due to the sale of naming rights to Tropicana Products, thus renaming it Tropicana Field in 1996. The completion of the Ice Palace in downtown Tampa permitted “The Trop” to be vacated for preparation for its intended purpose, as the Lightning and Storm moved into the facility that was built for them.

Location: One Tropicana Drive St. Petersburg, Florida 33705 Opened: 1990 Capacity: 34,078 (42,735 without tarp covered seats) Field Surface: FieldTurf

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Tropicana Field General Stadium Information

Directions
Tropicana Field, is located off the western edge of downtown St.
Petersburg just off I-275 Exit #9.

FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY (Tampa and surrounding areas):
Take I-275 South to downtwon St. Petersburg proceed to 8th St. and make a left turn. Proceed to 3rd Ave. South and make a left turn. Please proceed to Tropicana Field’s Parking Lots 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8 and 9. (Gate 1 Box Office)
OR
Take I-275 South to Exit 23B (5th Ave North Exit).
Take Exit 23B and proceed forward to 1st Ave. South
and make a left turn. Please proceed to Tropicana
Field’s Parking Lots 1, 2, 3, 4A, and 4B. Note:
Parking Lot 5 can only be accessed from 1st Ave.
South. (Gate 4 Box Office/Will Call)

Parking Lots 1 and 5 are pass/permit parking.
Parking Lot 10 is private parking.

Lakeland/Orlando: Take I-4 West to I-275 South in
Tampa. Please follow the above directions from
Hillsborough County.

Gainsville/Ocala: Take I-75 South to I-275 South in
Tampa and please follow the above directions from
Hillsborough County.

FROM NORTHERN PINELLAS COUNTY (Clearwater, Clearwater Beach):
1st Route: Take US 19 (34th St.) South to 1st Ave.
South and make a left turn. Please proceed to 16th
St. and make a right turn to Tropicana Field’s Parking Lots 1, 2, 3, 4A, and 4B. Note: Parking Lot 5 can only be accessed from 1st Ave. South. (Gate 4 Box Office)
OR
Take US 19 (34th St.) South to 1st Ave. South in
St. Petersburg and make a left turn. Proceed East
to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. (9th st.) and make a right turn. Proceed to 3rd Ave. South and make a right turn and proceed to Tropicana Field’s Parking Lots 5, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8 and 9. Note:
Parking Lot 5 can only be accessed from 1st Ave.
South. (Gate 1 Box Office)

2nd Route: Take I-275 South to downtown
St. Petersburg and proceed to Exit 22 (I-175) and
follow to Exit 1. Take Exit 1 and proceed to 8th St.
and make a left turn. Proceed to 3rd Ave South and
make a left turn. Please proceed to Tropicana Field’s Parking Lots 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8 and 9. (Gate 1 Box Office)

Parking Lots 1 and 5 are pass/permit parking.
Parking Lot 10 is private parking.

FROM SOUTHERN PINELLAS COUNTY (Southern
St. Petersburg):
Take I-275 North to downtown St. Petersburg. Take
Exit 22 and follow to Exit 1. Take Exit 1 and proceed
to 8th St. and make a left turn. Please proceed to
3rd Ave. South and make a left turn. Proceed to
Tropicana Field’s Parking Lots 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8 and
9. (Gate 1 Box Office)

Parking Lots 1 and 5 are pass/permit parking.
Parking Lot 10 is private parking.

St. Pete Beach: Take Pinellas Bayway (Toll Road) to
I-275 North and follow the above directions from
Southern Pinellas County.

Bradenton/Sarasota/Ft. Myers: Take I-275 North to
I-275 via the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and follow the
above directions from Southern Pinellas County.

Parking
TROPICANA FIELD PARKING LOT PRICES
CARS: $10 – Parking Lots 1, 2, 3, (Grass), 4A, 4B, 5, 6A, 6B, 7A, and 7B
$5 – Parking Lots 8 (Grass) and 9
BUSES, RV’S, OVERSIZED VANS AND TRUCKS: $20 – Parking Lot 8 (Grass)

Box Office Numbers
(888) FAN-RAYS – Box Office / Special Services

Box Office Hours
BOX OFFICE HOURS
NON-GAME DAYS
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:30pm
GAME DAYS
10:00am to the end of the game

Types of Payment Accepted
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Will Call
Location: to be determined
Opens: to be determined
Customer must present the actual credit card used for the purchase, a photo ID and Ticketmaster order number in order to receive tickets.

Accessible Seating
Tropicana Field is an accessible venue.

General Rules
Items NOT Allowed:
– no food/beverage
– no recording devices
– no alcohol
– no cans
– no bottles
– no pets (with the exception of seeing eye dogs)

Items Allowed:
Food/Drink/Soft sided Containers:
Food items wrapped, bagged or contained in clear packaging
(peanut bags, re-sealable plastic bags, etc.) in soft containers
no larger than 16”x16”x8” that can fit under a fans seat.
Snacks for children
Single-serving juice boxes
Bottled water in sealed plastic water bottles (no larger than 1 liter.)

Small Bags:
Bags, backpacks or other articles must fit within a space of 16 inches long,
16 inches tall, and 8 inches wide and are subject to inspection from security.

Electronic Equipment:
Radios and televisions are allowed in the stadium as long as they do not
interfere with other fan’s enjoyment of the game. Cameras (still and video)
are permitted in the stadium provided they are for personal use only and do
not provide any sight obstructions to other fans. The taping of game footage
and the transmission of any description or reproduction of game activity
are prohibited.

Smoking Policy: Smoking is NOT permitted

Children Rules
Ages 0-1 admitted free on ticket holder’s lap. If child has celebrated their 2nd birthday, they MUST have a ticket to enter.