Tropicana Field is the Major League Baseball home of the Tampa Bay Rays at 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, Florida 33705. The bag policy at the venue is that any bag or cooler larger than 16″ x8″ is not allowed inside the venue. However, smaller bags, like a diaper bag or fanny pack, is acceptable to bring into the Rays venue on gameday.
Here is the complete Tropicana Field Bag Policy at the ballpark for your next event.
How Does Tropicana Field Review Your Bag?
Tropicana Field has a metal detector and security checkpoint at every gate entrance. If you don’t have a backpack, you can go through the metal detector to scan your tickets for entry at the ballpark. However, if you have a backpack, the security team will review the inside of your bag to ensure no prohibited items can’t enter the Trop.
Consider purchasing a clear plastic bag before your next visit. Here are some of the best bags to bring into Tropicana Field to ensure you won’t get your bag turned down are below:
- A fanny pack
- Tote Bag
- Diaper Bag
- A purse or a similar type of bag
- A clear backpack that does not exceed the size limit of 16″ x8.”
What Items Can’t You Bring into Tropicana Field?
There are numerous items you can’t bring into the venue for a Rays game. Fans should check out the official prohibited items lists from the team to ensure the rules stay the same, but here are some of the most common items you can’t bring into the stadium.
- Alcohol of any kind
- Fireworks, firearms, knives, or any other type of item similar to that
- Any item that can obstruct the view of a fan during a Rays home game
What Should You Do If Your Bag Is Too Big for the Tampa Bay Rays Venue?
If your backpack is too big or you have items that you can’t bring into the venue that you want to leave in your bag, you can see if the nearby hotels or restaurants near the stadium will hold onto your bag. Usually, a local bar or hotel can hold onto your bags for a fee while you are at the game. Prices can vary, but expect to pay around $10-20 for places to hold onto your bag while you are at the game.
At Tropicana Field in 2019, I had the Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown hold onto my suitcase and backpack since I was flying out after the game and had already checked out of the hotel that morning.
Parking Tips and Food Guide at Tropicana Field
There are 14 official parking lots that have 7,000 spaces for fans to use on game day. Parking rates tend to fluctuate due to factors like where the lot is and the matchup at the Trop. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $30 for a parking space at the MLB venue for the Rays. Check out the Tropicana Field Parking guide to learn more.
Fans can bring an individually sealed water bottle of fewer than 20 ounces into the venue. However, fans can’t bring any outside food into the MLB ballpark. Exceptions can be made if you need to bring in particular food for dietary reasons for your child.
Check out the Tropicana Field Food Guide to see what the venue offers!