Posted on October 26 2016
Major League Baseball Tour
Tampa Bay Rays
ABOUT THE GAME
3 hours 0 minutes
Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay, Florida
Did you know?
As we travel from one Major League Baseball stadium to the next, we are really enjoying how each stadium is completely different and has its own character, history, and architecture. Here are a few of the unusual facts about Tropicana Field that we found especially interesting.
Facts Unique to
THE COWNOSE RAYS
Presented by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Rays Touch Tank is the first of its kind at a professional sports venue. The 35-foot, 10,000 gallon tank is located just beyond the right-center field fence at Tropicana Field. The Rays Touch Tank experience will be free to all fans attending home games.
This unique fan experience has been created through a partnership with the Florida Aquarium. The rays were caught in the waters of Tampa Bay and have been cared for by the Florida Aquarium staff since. The Florida Aquarium staff will continue that role while the rays are at Tropicana Field.
“This is a community partnership that creates a win for all of the parties involved,” said Rays President Matt Silverman. “It not only gives our fans, particularly families, an experience unlike any other at a major league ballpark, but also creates awareness for the Florida Aquarium, a Tampa Bay landmark and non-profit institution that provides cultural enrichment and education to our community.”
“We felt this opportunity with the Rays would not only add to the entertainment value of fans attending their games, but also help broaden the educational outreach of the Florida Aquarium,” said Thom Stork, CEO of the Florida Aquarium. “Sure, people will enjoy seeing and feeding the rays while attending the game, but they will also learn about these interesting animals and possibly want to see more exotic and interesting fish available to them here.”
For every ball hit into the tank during a game by a Rays player, the Rays will donate $5,000 to charity with $2,500 going to the Florida Aquarium and $2,500 going to that player’s charity of choice.
To make it most convenient for all fans, there will be a limit of 40 people in the tank area at any time. Fans may purchase food for the rays for $5 with the proceeds going to the Florida Aquarium and the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Our Reflections on the Game
Advice and reflections from the Glanville Team
Thoughts from James
This was a little bit of a disappointment. Since we were coming from Miami and a very nice indoor park to Tropicana, it was kind of obvious that Tropicana Field is older. The dome is like a circus tent and unfortunately that is how it feels, like you are under a circus tent. It is air conditioned but not cool and comfortable as others. The seats are older and it was just a very different experience. This stadium will not get a high rating from me. One fun, good part was the touch tank. You can touch real rays and that was cool.
Tropicana Field was like watching baseball under a circus tent. The seats were older and not very comfortable, and the air conditioner was having to work very hard to keep us cool. The humidity of being under the “tent” and the humidity outside were difficult. We could see the game well, and the players were great to watch. It’s MLB baseball and that’s what we came for, however, the stadium was a bit of a letdown by comparison. The “porch” in the outfield is a place where you can stand and watch the game. It seems to be a nice addition to this tired venue, as is the Kid’s Zone, where you can enjoy touch tanks filled with live rays.Christie
Some snapshots from the game.
Thank you for following along! Stay tuned, next we are heading to Atlanta, Georgia to Turner Field, on July 17th, 2016. See you after!