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Tropicana Field

 

First and Figures

Status: Home of Tampa Bay Rays

Address: 1 Tropicana Drive

St. Petersburg, Florida 33705

Capacity: 43,772

Cost to construct: $130 Million; Renovations $70 Million

Architect: HOK Sport;

Lescher & Mahoney Sports;

Criswell, Blizzard & Blouin

Owner:City of St. Petersburg

Former Naming: Florida Suncoast Dome (1990-93)

Thunderdome (1993-96)

 

 

The Field

Playing Surface: AstroTurf (-2000)

FieldTurf with dirt infield (2000-)

Defining Feature: Only domed stadium currently

Dimensions (ft) Initial distance in parenthesis

Left Field:  315

Left Center: 370

Center Field:  404

Right Center: 370

Right Field: 322

 

Opening Day and Firsts

Opening Date: March 31, 1998 (First Rays Game)

Opponent: Detroit Tigers

Results:  Tigers 11 Rays 6

Attendance:  45,369

First Hit: Tony Clark (single, Tigers)

Winning Pitcher: Justin Thompson

Losing Pitcher: Wilson Alverez

 

Umpires: Rich Garcia, Mike Reilly, Tim McClelland, John Hirschbeck

Managers: Larry Rothschild, Devil Rays; Buddy Bell, Tigers

Starting Pitchers: Wilson Alvarez, Devil Rays; Justin Thompson, Tigers

Ceremonial Pitch: HOFs Monte Irvin, Al Lopez,

Stan Musial, Ted Williams

 

Hosted Events

World Series: 2008

All Star Games: 0

 

 

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2008 World Series, Current MLB Park, Expansion, Expansion Era, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tampa Bay Rays, Tropicana Field

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