There are plenty of fun activities to do before the game in Right Field Street and Left Field Street. In Left Field Street, there’s baseball trivia challenge, batting cages, and a custom jersey shop, among other interactive games. Right Field Street has a carnival and other activities for kids, like a video batting cage and a speed pitch machine. There’s also an aquarium with 30 cownose rays behind the right center field wall. Center Field Street has The Batter’s Eye Restaurant overlooking the field as well as Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame. Next to the Batter’s Eye is another unique experience at Tropicana Field – Cuesta Rey Bar, which in the upper level in centerfield is the only cigar bar in the major leagues.
One of our favorite spots is the Captain Morgan Deck, also in center field. It’s one of the group party areas that you need to reserve (along with Corona Beach Bar and Checkers Bullpen Café.) Look into these ahead of time if you have a large group. A party deck on a Friday night will have a live DJ and will be pretty cheap.
Food and Drink:
As for concessions, there’s lots to try inside like the Cuban sandwich, found at all Grand Slam Grills, Diamond Classic, East/West Deli, and the Center Street Brew House - a restaurant on the Main Concourse. The Brewhouse is a great place to meet up pre-game for a reasonably-priced sit down meal or some drinks, as they have a vast menu including appetizers, great burgers (including a veggie burger) and specialty drinks named after players.
A great addition to the park is Everglades BBQ Company at 2 locations - serving up a pretty tasty Pulled Smoked Pork Sandwich and Corn on the Cob. The restaurant in Center Field Street sits where the old Batter's Eye Restaurant once stood and offers a pretty cool view of the field. If you don't have time for a sit-down meal, there's a take out concessions stand at Section 142. Wings Around the World is a new addition and offers boneless wings with a variety of different sauces.
On the healthier side, Garden Burgers are available at Power Alley in the 3rd Base Food Court, and there's a Gluten-Free stand in Center Field Street.
There are plenty of premium beers at Tropicana Field and they’re generally only a buck more than a Bud. Look for some small Blue Moon or Sam Adams kiosks.
On the Main Concourse (Right Field Side) you'll find The Brass Tap serving up Frozen and Mixed Drinks including the Rays Signature Drink, in addition to beers like Kona Longboard and Widmer. If you're on the Upper Deck, check out Ybor Cantina where you can get a variety of frozen and mixed drinks and beers like Dos Equis, Modela Especial, and Heineken.
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The Ballpark and Neighborhood:
Going to a game in the middle of a humid Florida summer day? Well, this indoor field is air-conditioned. Some fans don’t like domed stadiums, but you’ll definitely find yourself cool and comfortable in one of Tropicana Field's well-sized seats in what is currently the only Major League stadium with a non-retractible dome. From its slightly slanted roof (for climate control and to protect from hurricanes), to its four supportive catwalks hanging from the ceiling, and large ceramic tile mosaic in the walkway leading up to the main entrance, and a tank full of live cownose rays inside, this is one strange ballpark.
Before a game, you might want to check out The Batter’s Eye Restaurant– located inside the stadium and with great views over center field. Not bad for a Sunday buffet brunch, although you’ll need a reservation and it can be pricey.
There are plenty of other pre game meal spots to check since the stadium isn’t too far from downtown Saint Petersburg – just to the east of the park. Check out our food and drink icons on the "Before & After the Game" map for some suggestions. Many of them will be along Central Ave closer to the bay.
Parking and Shuttle:
There are quite a few different lots surrounding the park. Free parking is available for carpoolers in lots 2,6,7,8, and 9 for all Sunday games and for the 1st 100 cars on other game days (“carpool” is 4 passengers or more) Stadium lots are between $10-20 (depending on who’s playing) but during popular games (Rays vs Yankees for example) you might want to park downtown when a free shuttle is available. The shuttle will pick you up on 2nd Street between Central and First Ave and drops you off near Gate 4.There are several city parking facilities near the shuttle stop, like a $5 lot on 1st Ave South. The garages closer to the bay will usually be less expensive, although they will be further away. Look for the parking icons on our map for more info, and some lots just to the North or West of the park allow you to reserve a spot online directly through us.
You can visit stpetetrolley.comor loopertrolley.comfor up to date info on the free shuttle as well as other downtown trolley services. Many of our recommended bars and restaurants are located downtown along the routes, so the shuttle is super convenient. Another option is to just walk as most of the recommended spots are within 1.5 miles. Check the map for more specific information.
Be sure to also check out our "Info Inside the Stadium"" section for some great suggestions once inside the park.