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Rays fans can eat their way to free baseball while at Tropicana

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Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays no longer have to sit and watch. These days, they can compete.

Among the new concessions announced at Tropicana Field this year is a Fan vs. Food Challenge at the Everglades Brewhouse. Fans can win two Rays tickets by finishing a meal of 1 pound of brisket, 1 pound of pulled pork, barbecue chicken wings, macaroni and cheese and French fries with 1 pound of garlic toast.

Other concessions include a craft beer sold only at the stadium.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria’s Ducky’s restaurant will also debut at Tropicana Field in 2016.  Longoria opened Ducky’s, a boutique sports lounge, in Tampa in 2013. This season fans can visit Ducky’s Deck in center field or the Ducky’s portable concession stand on the Budweiser Porch. The menu includes crab cakes, fresh turkey wraps and a Ducky’s salad with chicken or steak.

Other top new additions at concourse stands for the 2016 season include:

Pipo’s Café – serving an award-winning menu of Cuban and Latin dishes for more than 30 years in Tampa Bay, Pipo’s will serve their delicious Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, and fried plantains from locations in Centerfield Street and the first base concourse.

Cuban Favorites – serving up authentic Cuban-style sandwiches, Cuban-inspired hot dogs, and a sustainable-sourced fried grouper sandwich with cilantro sauce, lettuce and tomato on Cuban bread.

Ybor Dog – will feature a signature Kayem all-beef jumbo hot dog with picadillo sauce, as well as perennial favorites chili-cheese dogs topped with bacon, or BBQ dogs with pulled barbecue pork.

Burger Up – introduces the “Triple B” Sandwich with hot roast beef, fried bologna, white American cheese, grilled onions, sliced tomato, apple jalapeno coleslaw and 1,000 island dressing on a Kaiser roll.

At the popular Everglades Brewhouse in Centerfield Street, exciting new menu items include:

Buffalo Chicken Sliders – crispy chicken medallions, Red Hot sauce, shredded lettuce and bleu cheese dressing on flour-dusted potato buns.

The Ripper Dog – natural casing hot dog, deep fried and served with house-made kettle chips and your choice of chili and cheese or traditional horseradish, mustard and sauerkraut toppings.

Smokehouse Burger – custom-ground, char-grilled burger cooked to medium and topped with smoked bacon and American cheese on a toasted bun, served with fresh Bibb lettuce, sliced tomato, red onion, pickle chips and house-made kettle chips.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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