Rays welcome White Sox for Memorial Day baseball in the 'burg

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Baseball fans are invited to spend Memorial Day with the Tampa Bay Rays as they kick off a three-game home stand against the Chicago White Sox on May 28. Monday’s 3:10 p.m. game marks the official start of summer followed by games Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 and 1:10 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of time to arrive at Tropicana Field, locate parking in one of the 7,000 convenient on-site spaces, and find their seats before the first pitch. If on-site lots fill, parking is also available in more than 100 licensed surface parking lots surrounding the ballpark. The privately-owed and operated lots have applied for permits to provide fans with legal paid parking during Rays games. The lots are clearly marked with signage featuring a capital “P,” lot number and city ordinance number and are the only licensed parking areas for fan parking outside of Tropicana Field but still inside the half-mile radius.

As an alternative, fans may also park along the waterfront and catch the free baseball shuttle, with convenient pickup and drop-off locations at the corner of Central Ave. and 2nd Street S. (under the pedestrian bridge), with drop-off at 16th Street S. just south of 3rd Avenue S.  Shuttles begin service 90 minutes prior to the start of each game and run approximately every 10-15 minutes, ending service one hour after the final inning or post-game concert. Disability accommodations, including vehicles with wheelchair lifts, will be utilized every game.  Additional information, including a route map, can be found here.

For more information about upcoming games, parking and transportation to Tropicana Field, visit www.stpete.org/st_pete_loves_the_rays.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.