Al Lang Stadium
St. Petersburg, Florida
Year Opened
1977

Current Team
None

Affiliate
N/A

League
N/A

Capacity
7,000

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My Grades
Stadium B+ Atmosphere A Concessions B+

Photos taken in 2008
The best aspect Al Lang Stadium, is its location. It is set right on the bay, so one can see the ocean as well as numerous sailboats over the outfield fence. Also, it is just 12 blocks from Tropicana Field where the major league team plays. It is strange seeing a minor league park so close to a major league one. The park itself is unique in that it features a cantilevered roof that covers approximately half the seating area. It was actually rebuilt in 1977, so features more concrete than I would prefer to see. In addition to the main seating bowl, there are small grassy berms in left field and right field where fans can watch the games from. Most of the seats offer an excellent view of the field as the pitch of the seats is quite steep. The concourse is located behind the seating bowl, out of view from the field. It features numerous concession stands, but can become very cramped with big crowds on hand. There is a good variety of food options available : Italian sausages, foot long dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, etc. Concession prices are quite reasonable for a spring training venue. Parking is available in parking garages and surface lots within walking distance. No longer home to a Florida State League team, it now just serves as a spring training facility. But with the D-Rays moving spring training to Port Charlotte in '09, it remains to be seen what will become of this ballpark. One recent proposition has the Devil Rays building a brand new ballpark on this site. They have actually already put a marker in right field where home plate would be for the new park. Putting a new ballpark here for the Rays would certainly be a big improvement over the Trop.
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