ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tropicana Field makes history this Rays season.
During Rays Fan Fest earlier this year, the Trop became the first major sports venue in North America to go completely cash-free, that includes parking.
- Tampa Bay Rays add blue lights to roof at the Trop, making it easier for outfielders to see the ball
- Tropicana Field won't accept cash in 2019, first cash-free sports venue in North America
- Tampa Bay Rays ditching upper level at Tropicana Field to create more 'intimate' experience for fans
Guests will be asked to use credit cards, debit cards or mobile payments. Anyone with cash can use it by loading it onto a Rays gift card.
Other changes include:
FOOD: Cubanos (third-base side) is one of several new food stands and will serve local food “with a twist.” On the first-base side, Asian Fusion restaurant Pacific Counter will serve Make Your Own Sushi Bowls.
GOODBYE CHEAP SEATS: The Rays closed off the entire 300 level. That means no more cheap tickets. On the bright side, you will have a really good view when you go to a game.
HANGOUTS: The Rays will open to new inside-the-park hangouts for before, during and after games. The Left Field Ledge is a full-service bar where fans sit on ledge tables. The Outfielder Bar in centerfield features craft beers and signature cocktails.
NO BACKPACKS: Except for medical backpacks or diaper bags, backpacks are banned at the ballpark.
DON’T GO TOO EARLY: After Opening Day’s game, most Tropicana Field gates for games will open only 90 minutes before first-pitch.
For more information, go to www.mlb.com/rays.