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It’s usually been famous that the situation of Tropicana Subject has held again Tampa Bay Rays followers from attending video games.

However it didn’t cease WWE followers from attending the Royal Rumble.

The WWE introduced that 48,044 folks attended the Royal Rumble on Saturday, a Tropicana Subject document.

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The Ladies’s Royal Rumble match throughout the Royal Rumble at Tropicana Subject. (Joe Camporeale-USA At present Sports activities)

In fact, it must be famous there are not less than 81 baseball video games on the Trop per yr, whereas the Royal Rumble is an annual occasion held in a distinct location yearly. 

Plus, WWE makes it doable for followers to suit on the sphere stage, leading to extra seats (clearly, that’s inconceivable for baseball). 

However the Rays, regardless of the workforce’s success, have persistently ranked close to the underside of attendance. It’s been so low that the higher deck is commonly coated with tarps.

Even when the workforce gained the division in 2008 and 2010 (they gained in 2020 and 2021, however attendance was restricted on account of COVID), they averaged 22,259 and 23,025 per sport, respectively. 

Opening Day at Tropicana Subject, because the Tampa Bay Rays tackle the Detroit Tigers on March 30, 2023, in St Petersburg, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Photos)

This previous season, the Rays hosted a median of 17,781 folks, nonetheless unable to succeed in the 25,000 seats that aren’t coated by tarps. Solely 19,704 folks attended a wild-card spherical sport this previous postseason.

Nicely, Tropicana Subject was stuffed to capability on Saturday evening.

The Trop opened in 1990, first being the house of an Area Soccer League workforce. The NHL’s Lightning performed there from 1993 to 1996, and the Rays had been born in 1999.

It’s in St. Petersburg, making it a ache to get to – it’s additionally extensively considered one of many worst ballparks in North America.

Tropicana Field for Rays game

Sport two of the wild-card collection between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Subject on Oct. 4, 2023. (Mike Carlson/MLB Images through Getty Photos)

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The stadium’s highest attendance common was in its first season, when the Rays averaged 30,942 folks per residence sport in 1998. However the Rays haven’t averaged greater than 20,000 followers on the stadium since 2010.

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