Of the 30 ballparks in baseball, only seven are older than Tropicana Field. Of those, three are baseball icons (Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field), and two have gone through major renovations in last 15 years (Angel Stadium, Kaufmann Stadium). So if we are being honest, only the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays have non-iconic ballparks that are older than Tropicana Field. Here is a look at how The Trop ranks among big league ballparks. [BUSINESS INSIDER]

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  1. zenny says:

    That isn't entirely accurate. The Trop (nee Florida Suncoast Dome) opened 22 years ago, but it underwent an extensive renovation in the mid-90s right after St. Pete was awarded an expansion franchise. If I recall, it cost almost as much as the original construction, which annoyed the usual grumpy old folks to no end.

    And of course, Stu and his partners have poured millions more into upgrades over the past 5 years or so. It's nowhere near the same facility it was in 1988/9.

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  2. Morgan says:

    I enjoy being at the Trop for games. I don't think we should shell out half a billion dollars for a brand spanking new stadium when it appears that this region has a hard time supporting any franchise (except maybe the Bolts who were middle of the league in attendance last year). Current ownership not happy with their lease - do something about it or sell the team. Just stop complaining.

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  3. I can see shelling out a fortune to build a stadium if there is also a convention center facility also contained within the complex. Bear with me a moment here, bringing a convention center to Pinellas county could free up additional funds ususally earmarked for such endeavors and help the piggy bank grow larger.
    Sure the entire complex will have to contain a sizeable ( over 50%) possible private investment, but if there was hotel, convention activity and even retail space that would bring in addtional year round revenues....It could be a " win-win" not only for the community for baseball, but bringing in conventions, trade shows and possibly be an on-site location for a future All Star Game Fan Fest.....just a thought.

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    • Sarah says:

      I like how you are thinking big, but....Have you taken a look at recent numbers on the profitability of convention centers? Unless you are Orlando, it's not a pretty sight.

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  4. gus says:

    Its coming up on being a classic! Stadium is an economic advantage with low overhead.

    City should agree to give the rays the stadium when bonds pay off. Watch how they change their tune when they get 70 acres of land and a paid off stadium.

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    • Mike says:

      That land isn't worth much. That is one of the biggest problems with trying to move the team. Remember when they tried to get bids a few years back? It wasn't pretty, and that was before the real estate market completely tanked.

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  5. Mike says:

    One of the oldest but also one of the few truly modern stadiums in baseball. Can you believe it is 2011 and so many teams still have to play baseball in the rain and without a/c? I mean, its cool to visit ruins in Rome and Greece but why would you want to play sports in the Colosseum?

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