First look at new centerfield area at the Trop
The Rays today released renderings of the new centerfield area, part of a major renovation planned at Tropicana Field.
The Rays are planning what is being referred to as 360-degree "interior stadium fan access" with the creation of walkways behind the outfield seating areas and opening up what was the dark, glass-fronted Batter's Eye restaurant into an open-air meeting spot with concessions.
"Fans can actually walk around the stadium without having to go into the concourse area," said Joe Zeoli, the city's managing director of development administration. "You will be able to watch the game as you move from left field to right field, for example.
"Most of the other items are maintenance," he said. "This item will kind of get everybody's attention."
The new deck will extend over the Rays tank. About 3,000 seats are being removed, so capacity now will be around 31,000. The 3,000 seat reduction includes tarping of some additional seats in LF and upper deck.
Here are more details, from Waveney Ann Moore's Nov. 14 story.