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Tropicana Field unveils improvements for next season

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Renderings of Tropicana Field interiors Renderings of Tropicana Field interiors
Renderings of Tropicana Field interiors Renderings of Tropicana Field interiors
Renderings of Tropicana Field interiors Renderings of Tropicana Field interiors
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Fans will get a new view of Tropicana Field on opening day.

Construction is underway on a new walkway called "Rays 360".  Renderings show how fans will be able to move around the Trop inside, without losing sight of the action on the field.

"People come with their kids and they can't sit for 3 hours so they create these amenities so you can get up and walk around and don't feel like you're doing it in a way where you're turning your back to the game or completely divorced from the game... but in the midst of it," said Michael Kalt, Rays vice president.

Fans will be able to walk out 15 feet over the popular rays tank, and the batter's eye area will have an open patio on each side, connecting to left and right field.

It's a big investment from the city and the Rays for a team with an uncertain future at the Trop.

"While we're here in this stadium we want to make sure we do everything we can to make it a great experience," said Matt Silverman, Rays president.

Silverman also sounded positive about negotiating with St. Petersburg's newly elected mayor, Rick Kriseman.

"We're excited to work with him. the rays are a priority of his and it's something we're ready to tackle when he is ready to do it.  I'm confident there's a good foundation for conversation there's a good foundation for trust," said Silverman.

The improvements will be completed in time for the 2014 baseball season.

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