Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Way, St. Petersburg FL 33706 Google Maps
Tropicana Field has been the home of the Tampa Bay Rays since they joined the American League in 1998. Tropicana Field is a domed stadium located in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Rays have attendance problems. When the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees come to town, the attendance increases, but a majority root for the opposing team. In September 2010, the Rays had a weeknight home game where they could clinch a playoff spot. Free tickets were offered and Tropicana Field was still not full. Team officials are trying to get a new ballpark without success to date.
Tampa Bay Rays Tickets
Great tickets (sometimes less than stadium prices) for home and away games are available from a registered ticket broker.
Tampa Bay Rays History
The Tampa Bay Rays were an expansion team in 1998. The Rays have played in the World Series one time. In 2008, the Rays lost in the World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rays won the Eastern Division title in 2010 but lost to the Texas Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Rays are in the AL Eastern Division with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. With a much smaller payroll than those two bigger spending teams, they manage to compete.
The Rays made the playoffs as the wild card team in 2011 after a big collapse by the Boston Red Sox, but again lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Texas Rangers.