Rays reducing seating capacity at Tropicana Field to create more ‘intimate’ experience

Tampa Bay Times

Seating capacity at Tropicana Field will be reduced to about 25,000 to 26,000 under a renovation plan aimed at improving fans' experience.

The team on Friday announced plans to create a more "intimate" atmosphere, including the creation of the Left Field Ledge in the lower level featuring premium seating for small groups, and the elimination of the upper-deck 300 level.

The capacity at the Trop previously was 31,042.

"These renovations mark our continued commitment to providing a first-rate fan experience at Tropicana Field," Rays President Matt Silverman said in a news release. "Together, in concert with the reduction in seating capacity, these investments will help create a more intimate, entertaining and appealing experience for our fans."

The announcement comes a month after the team announced it was abandoning plans to build a stadium in Ybor City but remained committed to remaining in the Tampa Bay area.

In 2018, the Rays ranked 29th out of 30 teams with an average daily attendance of 14,258. Only the Miami Marlins, at 10,013, ranked lower.

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