Rays Show Pride with Friday Sellout Game Dedicated to Orlando Victims
Baseball fans attending tomorrow night’s sellout Rays baseball game dedicated to victims of Sunday’s violence in Orlando are encouraged to allow plenty of time to reach Tropicana Field and find parking before the 7:10 p.m. first pitch.
Fans parking at the stadium will pay the special price of only $5 per car; message boards will alert fans to find alternate parking when on-site lots fill. Fans may also choose to park in numerous surface lots within a half-mile walk of the ballpark or park downtown. Around the stadium, fans are encouraged to find official parking lots marked with signage featuring a capital “P,” lot number and city ordinance number and staffed by a uniformed attendant. Parking in lots other than those designated by city signage could result in parking violations or possible vehicle towing. Learn more at www.stpete.org/baseballparking.
Recommended downtown parking for Friday’s game, and for all regular season games, is available in the South Core garage, located at 100 First Ave. S., with entrance between First and Second Sts., or in the Sundial garage, accessible from Second St. N., between First and Second Aves. N. Fans who park downtown tomorrow may ride the free baseball shuttle with service to Tropicana Field beginning at 5:40 p.m. Shuttle stops are located are on Second St. South between Central Ave. and First Ave. S.; at the stadium, the shuttle stop is located on 16th St. just south of Third Ave. S. Shuttles feature disability accommodations, including wheelchair lifts and run approximately every 10-15 minutes. Additional information and a shuttle route map may be found at http://loopertrolley.com/events/.
Baseball fans should consider using alternate travel routes for Friday’s game including Fourth St. from the north or 16th St.and Fifth Ave. S. from the south. Southbound I-275 traffic may exit early at 54th, 38th, or 22nd Avenues N., travel east to 4th St. and approach the ballpark from the east. Northbound traffic on I-275 may exit early on 31st St. to 5th Ave. S. and approach from the west side of the ballpark to avoid traffic tie-ups.
Fans attending games this weekend may remember Pulse victims by donating blood during two drives at 4 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Trop. Donors will receive a OneBlood t-shirt and a voucher for two tickets to any future 2016 regular season game. The Rays and Giants will also observe a moment of silence while names of the victims are scrolled on the video board.
Tickets are still available for games Saturday and Sunday at 888-FAN-RAYS or www.raysbaseball.com.