Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida is the home of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball. The indoor dome and turf field are signature looks for this venue. It’s not uncommon for players to hit baseballs off of the cat-walk on the ceiling of the stadium, sometimes resulting in an automatic home-run!
Parking is plentiful near the stadium, with the Rays offering 14 official parking lots in the surrounding streets. There are also numerous private lots around the stadium that are regulated by the city of St. Petersburg, offering a safe, reliable experience to Rays fans and others. Whether you’re looking for a space right next to the stadium with the shortest walk possible, the cheapest parking spot available, or a great place to tailgate, you can find it right here! Want to lock down a parking spot before you even leave the house? We’ll make that happen too.
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2017 Temp Parking Lots: St. Petersburg, Florida regulates off-site Tropicana Field parking lots. For that reason, you don’t want to pull into just any parking lot selling spaces for Rays games. Fans need to make sure they’re parking in licensed parking lots or they will risk getting ticketed or towed! View this map that shows which lots have registered for the 2017 season to sort through the madness.
Pre-Pay and Reserve Online: Don’t feel like weeding through the lots in the map above? We understand. You can easily reserve a parking space online at a licensed lot before heading to the Rays game! Check out Parking Panda to do so! It’ll help avoid the confusion and congestion of circling around looking for a prime off-site lot.
Park Downtown and Shuttle: Looking for the cheapest parking, or something fun to do before the game? Park in downtown St. Petersburg and take the FREE baseball shuttle to the stadium. Grab a bite to eat, see the sights, then head on over to the ballpark. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes and service begins 90 minutes before the game, while the last shuttle leaves 1-hour after the last out. The shuttle pickup stops are as follows:
- 1st Ave N mid-block between 1st St & 2nd St (near the south pedestrian entrance to the Sundial parking garage). Motorists may park in the garage by entering from 2nd St between 1st Ave N & 2nd Ave N.
- 16th St just south of 3rd Ave S
Tips From A Rays Season Ticket Holder:
“My suggestion is to avoid the $15-$20 fee by parking two blocks away at John Hopkins Middle School with the price of only $5. My wife and I have been parking there ever since the school opened it’s gates contracting with parking attendants and sharing the fee with the school. This can actually be a shorter walk than if you parked in the main parking lot toward the back of the lot and you will enter near home plate. Hint: As you walk up to the stadium from the homeplate side, from right to left, you’ll see Gates 3-5. Gate 4 is for high dollar club seating. Gate 3 (on your right) has 2 lines. The left line is season ticket holders and the right accepts general admission. The line is usually much shorter than the general admission Gate 5.” – TLCTimFL, TripAdvisor.
Carpool, Park For Free: The Tampa Bay Rays offer a great program that offers fans who carpool free parking in their official lots, with certain restrictions. On Sundays, any vehicle with four or more passengers in the vehicle can park for free in Lots 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9. For games on any other day of the week, the first 100 vehicles with four or more vehicles will receive free parking in those same lots. More information about the program can be found on the Rays official website.
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Tropicana Field boasts 14 official parking lots and 7,000 spaces within easy walking distance of the stadium. Prices range from $15 – $30 depending on the game and location. Rays parking lots are marked with official Rays signage and parking attendants wearing bright yellow shirts featuring the Rays logo and name badges. View the map and charts below to see where each is located, how far they are from the stadium, and which lots are open to the public versus only accessible by season ticket holders.
Official Lot Locations and Accessibility
|Lot Name||Availability||Distance to Gate||Walking Time||GPS||Entrance||Price|
|Lot 1||Permit/VIP||.2 Mi||4 Mins||Go!||$30||$30|
|Lot 2||Permit/General||.2 Mi||4 Mins||Go!||$30||$30|
|Lot 3||Prepaid/General||.3 Mi||5 Mins||Go!||Gates 5, 6||$30|
|Lot 4||Prepaid/General||.3 Mi||5 Mins||Go!||Gates 5, 6||$10-$25|
|Lot 5||Prepaid/General||.2 Mi||4 Mins||Go!||Gates 1, 6||$10-$30|
|Lot 6||Permit/General||.3 Mi||5 Mins||Go!||Gate 1||$10-$30|
|Lot 7||General||.3 Mi||5 Mins||Go!||Gates 1, 2||$15|
|Lot 8||General||.4 Mi||7 Mins||Go!||Gate 1||$15|
|Lot 9||General||.4 Mi||7 Mins||Go!||Gate 2||$15|
|Lot 11||General||.5 Mi||12 Mins||Go!||Gate 6||$15|
|Lot 12||General||.5 Mi||12 Mins||Go!||Gate 6||$15|
|Lot 13||General||.7 Mi||15 Mins||Go!||Gate 6||$15|
|Lot 14||General||.7 Mi||15 Mins||Go!||Gate 6||$15|
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Click “Directions” in the top left of the map for the quickest route to Tropicana Field
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How much is parking at Tropicana Field?
- Parking in the official lots at Tropicana Field ranges from $10-$30. Parking can be found at lots in the surrounding neighborhood for as low as $5!
Is there street parking?
- In general, there is no street parking near Tropicana Field. It may be possible to find a parking spot in downtown St. Petersburg for free and take the shuttle to the ballpark.
Where can I tailgate?
- Tailgating is permitted in all official Rays parking lots.
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From the Tampa Bay Rays official website:
Lots 1 and 7 offer wheelchair accessible parking just outside the gates, with the majority of the spaces located in Lot 7. All wheelchair accessible parking is van-accessible. Enter Lot 7 from 4th Avenue South, and Lot 1 from 16th Street South. wheelchair accessible parking is subject to availability.
Additionally, there is a drop-off area in front of Gate 4, which is directly across from Lot 1 on 16th Street South. Please be advised that parking in the wheelchair accessible parking spaces in the Tropicana Field lots is monitored by the St. Petersburg Police Department and is subject to state laws and privileges. Tickets can be issued and/or privileges revoked in situations where the person to whom a wheelchair accessible parking placard or license plate has been issued is dropped off near the stadium and is not in the vehicle when it parks in a wheelchair accessible parking space.
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Official Tropicana Field Parking Page > The official resources for parking, provided by the Giants
Parking Panda > Compare parking options near the stadium and reserve a space through
StPete.org > Everything you need to know about parking in downtown St. Petersburg, including information on the baseball shuttle.
Ballpark Savvy > Check out this great guide to finding cheap Tropicana Field tickets, eats, parking, and more on Ballpark Savvy.
Parkopedia > Like an encyclopedia, but for parking. See every possible parking option near the stadium.