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    Default ESPN: Tampa Bay Rays eliminate upper-deck seating, reduce capacity to 25,000

    per ESPN:

    The Tampa Bay Rays, who ranked next to last in the majors in attendance last season, are eliminating all seating in the upper deck for 2019 in an effort to create a more "intimate" experience for fans at Tropicana Field.

    The Rays on Friday said they would add a premium seating section in the lower level but would no longer seat fans in the upper deck, which would reduce capacity at the stadium by more than 5,000 seats to approximately 25,000 to 26,000.

    That would be about 10,000 seats smaller than capacity at any other stadium in the major leagues.

    "These renovations mark our continued commitment to providing a first-rate fan experience at Tropicana Field," Rays president Matt Silverman said in a statement. "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 Rays averaged 14,258 fans last season, ranking ahead of only the Miami Marlins (10,013). It was a 7.9 percent decline for the Rays, who have ranked last in attendance in all but two seasons since 2012.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/2...capacity-25000

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    we've heard that story around here

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    Are they requiring any premium seating "donations?"

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    When will baseball make it in America?

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    A step in the right direction. Give it a few years and the entire stadium will be gone. Nice catwalk.

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    The Rays need to move already. Now that the A's have a stadium plan they are alone in their dysfunction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howeda7 View Post
    The Rays need to move already. Now that the A's have a stadium plan they are alone in their dysfunction.
    Where would be the best place to move to? Montreal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GophersInIowa View Post
    Where would be the best place to move to? Montreal?
    Maybe. Not sure if they can be convinced to embrace MLB again. Charlotte. Portland. OKC. Any would be better than St. Petersburg. Even simply moving to Tampa would help.

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