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Fan’s Guide to Tropicana Field: The Cheat Sheet to the Trop!

  • March 07, 2023
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Things To Do at Tropicana Field

Tropicana Field offers something for everyone, from pregame activities for families and baseball purists to those looking for a taste of the ballpark, delicious food, and even that VIP touch.  Here’s what you can do at the next Rays game at Tropicana Field!

Meet The Mascot Raymond

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Gates open 90 minutes before game time, giving the perfect opportunity to explore and get situated just in time for the National Anthem and First Pitch. On the east side of the stadium, you can often find Raymond, the Rays’ loveable mascot in the rotunda before the start of the game dancing, high-fiving fans, and of course, posing for pictures.

If you were wondering what exactly is the big blue mascot, he’s a previously undiscovered species of sea dog called “Canus Manta Whatthefluffalus.”

Visit The Rays Touch Tank

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Great news for fans! The Rays Touch Experience is back open. After you visit with Raymond, head up the nearby escalator to the 10,000 gallons, 35-square-foot tank. Nearly two dozen cow nose stingrays call the tank home, which overlooks the right-centerfield area of Tropicana Field.

Guests of all ages can get to feel these amazing marine animals. In the offseason, the rays return to the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, which is run by the Florida Aquarium.

Taste of the Trop

“Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. I don’t care if I ever go back, for its root, root, root for the home team…” While those two items are ballpark staples along with an ice-cold beverage, the Tropicana is full of classic and unique food options. They even have some of the cheapest beer and hot dogs in all of the MLB–only $5 for each!

Three of our favorite concession stands, Modern Bird, Pig & Potato, and Beach Drive have some delicious NEW items on their menu this season like a Korean spiced chicken sandwich, the P&P Pierogis, and a Caribbean bowl.

Visit the Bay area hotspot, Beans & Barlour, with its centerfield location, and treat yourself to a delectable milkshake and dessert! If you’re looking for additional fun in between innings, Ballpark & Rec’s motto is, “Youth has no age.” The grown-up playground features arcade games, cornhole, giant beer pong, and a menu that features appetizers, tacos, burgers, and other handheld favorites.

First Class Experience

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Front-row views, oversized leather seats, and an endless buffet are all part of a first-class experience included in the Dex Imaging Home Plate Club. Start the night off with ballpark classics like pretzels and chips, and begin the first inning with a chilled shrimp cocktail, crispy chicken wings, and the chef’s specials. Water, soft drinks, beer, and cocktails as well. Make it a night to remember and feel like a big shot for one game with their endless buffet.

Ferg’s Sports Bar

Ferg’s Sports Bar is a baseball throw away from Tropicana Field, the perfect place to pre-game or gather with friends after a Rays game! Located in the heart of town at 1320 Central Ave. has been serving patrons since 1992.

Chicken wings, burgers, seafood fresh from the local waters, and fan-favorite grouper sandwiches, plus your favorite frozen beverages and dozens of beers on tap, you can’t go wrong with a legendary institution like Ferg’s!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–1:00am
Sunday | 11:00AM–10:00pm

📍 1320 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Red Mesa Cantina

In the mood for tacos and tequila-filled margaritas? Red Mesa Cantina is the go-to spot! Located at 128 3rd St S. in St. Pete, the restaurant dubs itself as a blend of Latin and Caribbean flavors including fresh ceviches and small plates.

If you’re attending a Sunday afternoon game at Tropicana Field, stop by for brunch, and start your day with Huevos Rancheros or their Breakfast El Gordo, the kitchen sink consisting of scrambled eggs, sausage, chopped bacon, ham, potato, grilled poblano peppers and onions, jack cheese, pico de gallo, topped with jalapeño cream sauce!

Hours & Location

Monday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–1:00am
Sunday | 11:00AM–10:00pm

📍 1320 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 33705

Green Bench Brewing Company

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Enjoy an ice-cold IPA and your favorite ale in their taproom or large beer garden. Located in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, Green Bench is open Tuesday-Sunday and on select Mondays for Rays’ home games.

At Green Bench Brewing Company, St. Petersburg’s first microbrewery, they craft unique beers, meads, and even ciders. Their motto makes it clear why they are such a popular destination.

“It’s more than beer. It’s community.”

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 12:00pm–12:00am
Sunday | 12:00pm–10:00pm

📍 1133 Baum Ave N. St. Petersburg FL 33705

Find a Place to Stay Nearby

Looking to stay for a night out or two? Find hotels near Tropicana Field.

Parking Info

Parking and all purchases at the stadium are cashless and must be made via Rays Pay on the MLB Ballpark App, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a credit card.

General parking for regular-season home games ranges from $20 to $30 depending on the game and availability. Pre-paid parking is available on a single-game basis in Lots 1,3,4,6 & 7. The cost ranges from $15-$25 and can be purchased in advance.

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