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Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of MLB's American League. Since their inception in 1998, the club has played at Tropicana Field and has finished out of last place only three times. Their first season with a winning record was 2008, when they won their first division title and proceeded to win the pennant.

In November 2007, majority owner Stuart Sternberg made significant changes to his franchise's image, changing the club's name from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the "Tampa Bay Rays", which he described as "a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida. The teams primary colors, formerly black, green, and blue, were changed to navy blue, Columbia blue, and gold, and the team's symbol was changed from a manta ray to a ray of sunlight.

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Tampa Bay Rays Florida Spring Training CHARLOTTE COUNTY SPORTS PARK
Capacity 7,000
Year Opened Renovated in 2008-2009
Dimensions 325L, 400C, 325R
Surface Grass
Local Airport Ft. Myers
Tickets on Sale To be announced.
Address 2300 El Jobean Rd. Port Charlotte

The beautifully refurbished Charlotte Sports Park is a state-of-the-art facility with kids' play areas, a 360-degree boardwalk, upgraded concession stands and a top-notch team store. The Rays Inaugural Spring Training Season in Charlotte County in 2009 was incredible. In addition to breaking the record for the largest crowd at the Charlotte Sports Park facility, the Rays also set a new franchise record for single-season home attendance. Charlotte Sports Park is also the home of the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League, which made the playoffs in their inaugural season.

The Tampa Bay Rays continued the amazing comeback of the franchise by selling out every single seat for spring training in 2009, as the team successfully shifted spring operations from St. Pete to Port Charlotte.

Spring Training History

The Tampa Bay Rays trained in St. Petersburg since the team's inception in 1998 through 2008.

Ballpark History

Charlotte Sports Park is the former spring-training home of the Texas Rangers.

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