We still have a pandemic going on, so Tampa Bay Rays fans are being asked to wear masks and keep their distance when watching the World Series together. Organizers of watch parties around the area are attempting to do just that.
The big screen will be set up on the lawn at Sparkman Wharf in downtown Tampa, where seating will be limited to maintain distance beginning at 6 p.m. Blankets are allowed, but no outside chairs or coolers will be allowed. The TVs will be tuned to the games at the Fermented Reality Biergarten and Splittsville.
The city of St. Petersburg will continue to hold watch parties on Spa Beach next to the St. Pete Pier for each game.
The Pier has set out 1,600 cones in its game watch area to guide the crowd to their individual 8-foot by 8-foot pods. The pods can contain up to six people and masks are strongly encouraged. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the pods are first come, first served at 615 Second Ave. NE in downtown St. Petersburg.
The Tampa Convention Center Sail Plaza is hosting a World Series viewing party Friday, Saturday, Sunday with pre-game activities starting at 7 p.m. at the waterside patio bar at 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. No outside food and beverage or coolers are permitted. Parking is available at the Tampa Convention Center and Pam Iorio Garage. Seating with social distancing is available to the first 600 guests.
At Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill, located in Tropicana Field’s back yard on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, “the air horns are charged and ready,” for its watch parties, the bar posted on its Facebook page. There will be drink and food specials and a DJ.
At Caledonia Brewing in Dunedin, “We will be open late for all games so you can watch the entire game with us on all TVs with sound,” the craft beer brewery posted on its Facebook page. It has a pet-friendly patio at its location at 587 Main St. Dunedin.
In Clearwater, the Downtown Pizza Sports Bar and Grill will have a block party tonight and live music from 4-7 p.m. on the 400 block of Cleveland Street. There will be a TV and set up to sit outside and 18 TVs inside for tonight and the rest of the series at 428 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
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World Series schedule
Tuesday: Game 1 vs. Dodgers, 8:09 p.m., at Arlington, Texas. To be televised on Fox TV.
Wednesday: Game 2 vs. Dodgers, 8:08
Friday: Game 3 vs. Dodgers, 8:08
Saturday: Game 4 vs. Dodgers, 8:08
Sunday: (if necessary) Game 5 vs. Dodgers, 8:08
Oct. 26: Off
Oct. 27: (if necessary) Game 6 vs. Dodgers, 8:08
Oct. 28: (if necessary) Game 7 vs. Dodgers, 8:09