The Rays are doing great at the Trop! They swept the San Diego Padres on Sunday and today the Red Sox are in town for a 3 game series. The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10pm. Gates will open 1 1/2 hours prior to game time. Matt Moore is trying to get his 7th win without a loss in tonight’s game. The bats have come alive with Longoria winning AL Player for the Week Award for his great hitting last week. Speaking of hitting, James Loney has been a fantastic pickup for the Rays. He is hitting .376 after getting a home run in Sunday’s game. Get to the game early and have that pre-game tailgate party! The first 100 cars with four or more people inside can park for free an hour before the game starts. After that parking will cost $15 to $30. You can find some private lots around the Trop that may only charge $10, so make sure that you look around. Tropicana Field is located directly east of I-275 in St. Petersburg. The dome is visible from the highway. I-375 and I-175 both veer off of I-275 and feed into Tropicana Field. From MacDill AFB, The Trop is about a 30 minute drive. Tropicana Field is the world’s only professional sports facility that features live cownose rays. The Rays Tank opened in 2006, and is located just behind the right center field wall. Through a unique partnership with the Florida Aquarium, there are over 30 rays that fans can touch and feed throughout the game. In the Left Field Street area, fans can participate in a baseball-themed game show, take their picture on a Topps baseball card, and personalize their own jersey. Left Field Street also features the Grand Slam Alley with Midway-style games. Right Field Street was renovated to include numerous activities for younger baseball fans. Kids can play in the Rays Baseball Carnival, a real working carnival that includes Tip-a-Jug, Ring Toss, and more. Fans can take their swings against computer images of real Major League pitchers in a batting cage or test their arms in the speed pitch, both found in the Rookie Challenge. Right Field Street also features popular kids-themed areas such as Raymond’s Art Studio and Raymond’s Living Room. Center Field Street features the Cuesta-Rey Bar, as well as the Everglades BBQ Smokehouse, located in center field. The specially tinted windows of the restaurant make up a 130-foot-wide hitting background, yet still allow patrons of the restaurant to watch the game. Also found on Center Field Street is the Brewhouse, The Captain Morgan Deck, the Rays Team Store, and the MLB Alumni Office.
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