In a setting that was about to host a game known as America's past-time, 240 people had a reason to cheer Thursday morning. They had just become new citizens in a naturalization ceremony.
The Oath of Allegiance was administered by Ruth Dorochoff, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' Tampa district director. The ceremony was conducted before the Tampa Bay Rays/Detroit Tigers game.
The 240 citizenship candidates originated from these 55 countries: Albania, Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Belize, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Spain, St. Vincent-Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen and Yugoslavia.