Tropicana Field Historical Analysis

Tropicana Field was originally called the Florida Suncoast Dome, then the Thunderdome and since the Tampa Bay Rays moved in it has been Tropicana Field. It is the first Major League ballpark in more then twenty years to feature AstroTurf and all-dirt base paths.

Tropicana Field closed its doors in October 1996 for a seventeen month, eighty-five million dollar baseball renovation that included adding 319,000 square feet of space. The Florida Suncoast Dome was originally built for baseball, yet there have been at least fifteen other sports (including 5-K runs, basketball, equestrian events, figure skating, football, gymnastics, hockey, karate, monster truck races, motorcycling, ping pong, soccer, sprint car, tennis, and weightlifting) and competitions played in the stadium. The Thunderdome was offiically renamed on October 4, 1996, in accordance with a naming rights agreement between the Tampa Bay Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages North America.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"It is the self-billed 'Ballpark of the 21st Century,' a technologically enhanced playground with a distinctive surf-and-sand personality. Tropicana Field is downright proud of the cutting-edge amenities and entertainment options it serves up with its baseball. Where else can you combine pitch counts and batting averages with a beach, a shopping mall, a cigar bar, a bank, a travel agency, a climbing wall and more food groups than you ever knew existed?" - The BallPark Book (2001)

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Tropicana Field First Pitch Ever Photo by Rob Arra

Major League Occupant(s)

Tampa Bay Devil Rays
First Game
Last Game
Still in use by Rays .

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Tropicana Field Seating Chart

Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

Attendance Records
(Single Game)
Largest
45,369 on 03-31-1998
Smallest
10,013 on 04-23-2003
Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )
1998
43,772
2000
43,969

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Tropicana Field Dimensions

Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Backstop
50'
Left Field
315'
Left Center
370'
Center Field
407'
Right Center
370'
Right Field
322'

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Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Centerfield Walls
9' 4"
Left Field Walls
11' 5"
Right Field Walls
11' 5"
Field Surface
1998-1999
AstroTurf
2000-Today
FieldTurf
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The architect who designed Tropicana Field was HOK Sports of Kansas City, Lescher & Mahoney Sports of Tampa and Criswell Blizzard & Blouin Architects of St. Petersburg. The actual construction was done by Huber, Hunt & Nichols of St. Petersburg at the cost of $138 million to the City of St. Petersburg.

Did you know that the roof of the dome at Tropicana Field is lit up with orange lights after every single Tampa Bay Rays victory?

Architectal wonders of the Tropicana Field: A cable-supported roof that is two-hundred twenty-five feet above second base & eighty-five feet above the centerfield wall, an Ebbets Field style entrance that is five stories tall and eighty feet wide and a restaurant in center field that seats three-hundred fifty, but remains invisible to the batters due to a special coating over the windows.

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