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St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field will get $1.3 million in improvements

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St. Petersburg's City Council is expected to approve $1.3 million in capital improvements to Tropicana Field on Monday. St. Petersburg's City Council is expected to approve $1.3 million in capital improvements to Tropicana Field on Monday.
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - St. Petersburg City Council approved $1.3 million in capital improvements to Tropicana Field on Monday.

The money would come from a fund the city has created that includes a yearly deposit of $250,000 from ticket sales and $250,000 from Tropicana Field naming rights. The fund is earmarked for repairs and improvements. It presently contains $2.1 million.

Most of the repairs will be for general safety and maintenance of Tropicana Field.

One highly touted change to the Batter's Eye Restaurant will give fans 360' access to the interior. The goal is to improve the fan experience.

"So you could walk from left field to to right field without having to go into the exterior concourse, so this would allow you a tremendous viewing experience," said Joe Zeoli, manager of St. Petersburg City Development.

City Councilman Wengay Newton questioned the timing of the expenditure. "But I'm just saying, are we investing money and going to turnaround after the first of the year and they're going to pay us to go look somewhere else?" said Newton.

Mayor Bill Foster explained that in the city's contract with the Rays, the city must pay for the improvements.

The measure passed council unanimously.

The Rays will unveil their plans for the Trop next week.

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