Al Lang Stadium
Al Lang Stadium
230 1st Street SE
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701
Situated on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront next to the Salvador Dali Museum and Mahaffey Theater, the iconic stadium used to be home to the Tampa Bay Rays for their spring training. Over the years, several other Major League Baseball teams, including the Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, have used the stadium as their headquarters for spring training. The St. Petersburg Athletic Park at the current site of Al Lang Stadium was the spring home for the Boston Braves and New York Yankees from 1923 until after World War II, hosting such baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Stan Musial. The first incarnation of the current field was built for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947.
Gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff for all Tampa Bay Rowdies home matches. Fans sitting in the Midfielder’s Club or Midfielder’s Reserved seating sections may enter the stadium through a dedicated gate on 1st St. SE, across from the Hilton, for their convenience. Fans with tickets for any other seating areas can enter the stadium through gates 2 or 3, adjacent to the Al Lang Stadium parking lots. Strollers are permitted, but must be parked in designated areas.
The Al Lang stadium lot offers those who show early a $5 spot, but the parking lot may fill up early. Fans may also park in the nearby South Core garage, reachable from First Ave. S., between First and Second Streets for $5. Another option is the BayWalk garage, a six-minute walk from the stadium, on Second Ave. N., between First and Second Sts. Rates for these facilities are usually $5 but could be up to $10, depending on what other downtown special events may coincide with games, such as on the Fourth of July. Limited parking is also offered in the Mahaffey Theater garage for $5 when the garage is not in use by theater patrons.
If fans decide to park on-street instead of lots and garages, they should pay close attention to the posted time limits or other requirements.
Downtown Looper Trolley
Want to save energy for the game? Look for the bright red and yellow Downtown Looper trolley and hop aboard for just 50 cents. The Downtown Looper passes by Al Lang Stadium, with a stop located at the Hilton, 333 First St. S., every 15 minutes, and circulates between all of the city’s hotels, attractions and major parking facilities.
The St. Petersburg Trolley's Downtown Looper operates 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with service until midnight on Saturday. For shuttle schedules and a downloadable route map, visit www.loopertrolley.com/SchedulesFares.html.
Prohibited items at Al Lang Stadium include, but are not limited to:
* Air horns/Bull horns
* Animals except certified service dogs
* Bags larger than 16" x 16" x 8"
* Cameras with 12" or more lenses
* Coolers and/or ice chests
* Cow bells
* Glass/plastic bottles or cans
* Inflatable items (vuvuzelas)
* Items that could be projectiles
* Lasers and/or laser pointers
* Outside alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs
* Outside food and/or drink
* Roller Blades
* Signs containing vulgar or obscene language
* Water guns
* Weapons of any kind