Tropicana Field

Tropicana Field is a stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tropicana Field has been the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays (formerly the Tampa Bay Devil Rays) since 1998.

The ballpark originally began construction in 1986 in the hope that it would lure a Major League Baseball team to the Tampa Bay area.

The stadium was finished in 1990, but still had no tenants. There were rumors of the Seattle Mariners moving in the early part of the 1990s, and the San Francisco Giants came close to moving to the area. However, the sale was blocked under pressure from San Francisco officials and the then-owner of the Florida Marlins, Blockbuster Video Chairman H. Wayne Huizenga.

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.

In 1995, the dome got 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.

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The Rays go green at” carpool to Tropicana Field!! All vehicles with four or more passengers get FREE parking at all home games in 2008. For vehicles with fewer than four passengers, parking will cost $10. The Rays will also offer parking in remote lots for $5. Fans attending games at Tropicana Field are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the free parking and enjoy tailgating, live bands and baseball activities. Gates will open 2 hours prior to game time for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games, and 1 hour 30 minutes prior to game time Monday through Thursday.

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