Though originally built for baseball, there have been 16 other sports and competitions played at Tropicana Field, which originally was named the Florida Suncoast Dome and later became known as the ThunderDome. The facility was renamed Oct. 4, 1996, in accordance with a naming rights agreement between the Rays and Tropicana Dole Beverages North America. Tropicana Field closed in October 1996 for a 17-month, $85 million renovation that included adding 319,000 square feet of space. The roof of the dome is lit orange after a Rays win. Unique to the stadium are a touch tank of live rays for fans to feed (free), the Ted Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame (also free for fans attending games) and a cigar bar.
Soak up the scene:
This domed stadium in downtown St. Petersburg may be the antithesis of the classic ballpark, but at least the locals have a winning team on the field for the first time. The tilted roof is lit orange after a Rays win and there are live rays swimming in a tank in the outfield, which is worth a look. And a good sports bar, Ferg's, is close by. For more on the Tropicana Field experience, including a game-day itinerary, visit Wise Guides.