- Address: 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 42,000
- Opened: 3 March 1990
- Main use: Baseball
- Tenants: Tampa Bay Rays (baseball)
Extra stadium info – Tropicana Field
The construction of the stadium named Tropicana Field started in 1986 and its construction costs were $130 million. The venue opened in 1990 as the Florida Suncoast Dome. Between 1993 and 1996, it was known as the ThunderDome. The Rays moved to the stadium in 1998. They play in Major League Baseball, which became the most popular baseball league in the world. The baseball club was founded in 1998 as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. They drew an average home attendance of 30,000 in their maiden MLB season.
On 31 March 1998, the Rays played their inaugural Major League Baseball game against the Detroit Tigers from Michigan. The match took place at the Tropicana Field. The visitors won the game, which took place in front of 45,000 spectators. On 1 April 1998, the Rays won their first MLB match. They defeated the Detroit Tigers 11-8 in that match. On 22 June 1998, the first game between two Major League Baseball clubs from Florida took place at the Tropicana Field. The club which is currently known as the Miami Marlins won the match.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm
In the 1990s, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm both played numerous home games at the Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay Storm, a former indoor American football club, folded in 2017. The Tampa Bay Lightning play in the National Hockey League, which became the most popular ice hockey league in the world. The club was founded in 1992. In 2004, they won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history after beating the Calgary Flames from Canada. The Lightning won their second Stanley Cup title after defeating the Dallas Stars in 2020. One year later, they won their third Stanley Cup title after beating Club de hockey Canadien, also known as the Canadiens de Montréal.