Normally, Tropicana Field serves as the home of the Tampa Bay Rays during the regular season. However, Charlotte Sports Park, their normal spring training facility located in Port Charlotte, took extensive damage from Hurricane Ian last September. As a result, the Rays determined they could not hold their spring training games in Charlotte County this year.
This presented the Rays with an unusual problem: where would they play the following February and March? They went with a simple yet unheard of solution: staying home. Literally. For the 2023 Grapefruit League, the Tampa Bay Rays made the decision to stay at Tropicana Field for their home games.
Needless to say, most MLB teams do not spend spring training at their regular season facilities. Still, the Rays continue to make the best of a complex situation, and their fans have loved every minute of it. Here is a look at Tampa Bay’s current spring training set-up for their 2023 Grapefruit League campaign.