ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays announced several additions to the food options at Tropicana Field and enhanced health and safety measures as they welcome fans back to the stadium on Friday.
Among the new items:
• Hot dogs will be from Nathan’s Famous, the long-standing New York based-company that also sponsors the annual hot dog eating contest on Coney Island.
• The St. Petersburg-based Beans & Barlour dessert lounge will provide “boozy desserts and milkshakes” using alcohol-infused ice cream with offerings including cotton candy, caramel and peanut butter milkshakes. (Items can also be served without alcohol and non-dairy.)
• Stands on the Budweiser Porch called Modern Bird and Pig & Potato, with items such as chicken wings and a pork and beer cheese sandwich.
Among returning vendors:
• Pacific Counter, which serves rice bowls and sushi, moves to the Budweiser Porch.
• Beachside Hospitality Group will serve Crabby’s menu items in the First Base Food Hall. The St. Pete Hospitality Group returns with its Beach Drive concept in the Third Base Food Hall.
• Coppertail Brewing Company will have bar carts in both food halls, and Kahwa Coffee has stands in the concourses behind centerfield and home plate.
To facilitate health and safety protocols, the Rays have these plans:
• Prepackaged, individually wrapped and “grab-and-go” items will be offered where possible.
• Condiment and refill stations are modified to packaged service.
• Mobile ordering is now available through the MLB Ballpark app, eliminating the need to stand in line at concessions. Fans can select a nearby pickup location, order and pay, then collect their items when ready.
• All food-service and retail employees will undergo daily health screening and have personal protective equipment, including gloves, face shields and masks, that is changed regularly during shifts.
• Plexiglass barriers were installed at all points of sale, with plans for frequent cleaning and sanitizing of all food-service equipment, as well as sanitizing of all high-touch surfaces.
• With all Tropicana Field transactions continuing to be cash-free this season, fans are encouraged to use contactless payments, such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Rays Pay, which is available through the MLB Ballpark app. (The Rays note that Season Members get a 15-percent discount on food and merchandise purchases when using Rays Pay.)
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