Hey, Rays fans. Ever get jealous when the minor league baseball parks around Tampa Bay throw a "Bark in the Park" day where baseball fans — both human and canine — can enjoy a game together?
Now it's an itch we can finally scratch. The Rays are hosting their first-ever Bark in the Park at Tropicana Field on Aug. 5 when the Rays host the Orioles.
Because the Trop is an indoor stadium, of course there are a few rules and restrictions. Here's what the Rays have provided so far:
• For this Sunday game, dogs will be restricted to the tbt* Party Deck throughout the game. All dogs must enter at gate 6 and walk up the helix to enter the section.
• A "dog package" (one person, one dog) will be $20 and include a Rays dog bowl; additional "human tickets" available for $15 each.
• Dog owners must sign a waiver stating that the dog's vaccinations from a licensed veterinarian are current. This waiver also holds the owner liable in the event of an incident.
• All dogs must be leashed (no retractable leashes) and licensed.
• The Rays reserve the right to deny any dog or human entrance to Tropicana Field to the Bark in the Park event for any reason. Participants are expected to practice responsible pet ownership.
• Come prepared to clean up after your dog.
Okay, now that we've gotten through the rules, there are some fun things planned as well. The Rays plan to have adoptable dogs there from the SPCA as well as special backdrops for photos.
One last tip: Tickets are expected to go fast. Go to raysbaseball.com/dogday for information.