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Rays World Series watch parties are getting set up

Giant screens will be set up in downtown St. Petersburg and on Tampa’s Riverwalk. Masks and social distancing are encouraged.

There will be a watch parties for Tampa Bay Rays fans on Tuesday night at the St. Pete Pier and on the Tampa Riverwalk, but fans are asked to gather while also keeping their distance for safety.

The watch parties will continue each night of the series at Spa Beach, the city of St. Petersburg announced on its Facebook page.

“The Tampa Bay Rays World Series Watch Party is safely (and socially-distantly) taking over Spa Beach Park at the new St. Pete Pier each game night,” the post said.

Kicking off Tuesday night, the game will be aired live on a giant screen. Masks will be “strongly encouraged” and attendees will each be given an 8-foot by 8-foot pod to contain up to six people. The events are wheelchair accessible and attendees can bring their own seating.

A look at Spa Beach at the St. Petersburg Pier. The city will set up a giant screen for World Series watch parties starting Tuesday night. Gates open at 6 p.m. to claim an 8-foot pod to maintain social distancing.
A look at Spa Beach at the St. Petersburg Pier. The city will set up a giant screen for World Series watch parties starting Tuesday night. Gates open at 6 p.m. to claim an 8-foot pod to maintain social distancing. [ Times (2020) ]

Availability of the pods will be first come, first served. The gates at Spa Beach Park will open at 6 p.m. next to the Pier at 615 Second Ave. NE in downtown St. Petersburg.

Parking at the Pier and Sundial Garage will be available, the post said, and all street and Pier parking will be in accordance with posted times and pricing. The city will post updates on its events at stpetepier.org/event.

In Tampa, the Tampa Convention Center Sail Plaza is hosting a World Series viewing party Friday, Saturday, Sunday with pre-game activities starting at the Sail at 7 p.m., according to a convention center spokeswoman.

The Sail, a waterside patio bar next to the convention center, is at 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.

Big Rays and The Sail will be open to purchase food and drink. 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.

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