Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
Year Opened
1990

Current Team
Tampa Bay Rays

Affiliate
N/A

League
American League

Capacity
48,000

My Grades
Stadium C Atmosphere C- Concessions B

Photos taken in 1999
What good can be said about a dome ? Not much usually. While the Devil Rays have done as much as they could to make Tropicana Field a baseball park, you'll still never forget you are inside watching baseball on an artificial rug. When you enter the park, it feels more like you are entering a shopping mall. There are many games and amusements for the kids and numerous concession stands all with neon lighted signs. There is no way you'd know you were at a baseball park until you take your seat. Prices here are very high - from parking to tickets to souvenirs to food. It just feels as if you are being gouged from the minute you arrive. It's no wonder their attendance is so poor - they field a lousy team and have some of the highest prices of any park. Of course the Devil Rays have already been crying for a new park after just a few years. For a dome, the park is actually configured quite well for baseball. Obviously the Devil Rays could do more with it as they don't have to share it with a football team. It's certainly a better park than the Metrodome and probably Rogers Centre, but those are about the only Major League parks that are worse.
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