Behind the scenes with Daughtry at the Tampa Bay Rays' summer concert series
With 18 post-game concerts under its belt, Tropicana Field is gaining some serious cred in the music world. But what does it take turn a baseball stadium into Tampa Bay’s largest mosh pit?
The list of musicians who have performed at the Trop over the past two seasons is impressive: Flo Rida, Ludacris, Trace Adkins, LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Gilberto Santa Rosa and more. The lineup is deliberately eclectic, as organizers to hope to entice a diverse group of new fans to Tropicana Field. For instance, last summer Bradenton rockers We the Kings baited thousands of first-time visitors into the stadium.
“I would say 40 percent of the people who were here had never been to Rays game,” said Brian Killingsworth, the team’s senior director of marketing and promotions. “That’s kind of the whole strategy in a nutshell.”
There are three postgame concerts left this season: The B-52s on Saturday, Big & Rich on Aug. 22 and the Beach Boys on Sept. 5.
And after the jump, check out more of Luis Santana's behind-the-scenes photos of Daughtry at Tropicana Field.