Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rays Renovating Tropicana Field

Marc Topkin, reporting from MLB's Owner/GM meetings in Orlando {link to Times' site}:
The Rays are making a major renovation to Tropicana Field, creating 360-degree circulation by adding walkways behind the outfield seating areas and opening up what was the dark-walled Batters Eye restaurant into an open-air meeting spot for fans.

The concept appeara similar to what exists at their Port Chartlotte spring stadium, which has a boardwalk behind the outfield and a centerfield tiki bar.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg would not confirm any specifics, but acknowledged the project was underway and said Tuesday night at the GM/owners meetings in Orlando, "We continue to invest significant dollars to create the best fan experience at Tropicana Field we possibly can.''
If true, this could be the biggest renovation to the Trop since Sternberg's first year as principal owner, 2006, when the team spent $35 million on scoreboard, turf, concourse, and bathroom improvements.

Unfortunately for dome detractors, the catwalks aren't going anywhere.


  1. This is AWESOME! I was hoping that they would have a full wraparound walkway in their new stadium. I didn't expect them to do it in the Trop. I'd like more standing room areas for us antsy folk that like to get up and wander, stretch our legs while still being able to see the game.

  2. I think that this is a great idea! Regardless of what happens in the stadium saga, they will be there for several more years. At least they are trying to make the best of it.