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Rays Opening Day: No cash accepted and new hangouts among changes for 2019 at Tropicana Field

Posted: 2:52 AM, Mar 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 18:32:14-04
Tropicana Field 2019

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.

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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.