Interesting background on Tropicana Stadium. I used to be involved in dealing with a Florida city, helping with their finances, so I’d go to the annual meeting of FL towns and cities, and I met the Tampa/St. Pete people. They built that stadium in a “if you build it they will come” method, on spec. Back then, they still had no team(prior to 1992, I forget exact year). When they finally got a team(I think it took at least several years, and city officials were taking heat), I went to a game the 1st season, as my mother in law lived in a nearby town, maybe 10 minutes away. Anyway, at first it was really expensive, and they had sold all sorts of rights, like only one cab company could go on the grounds, stuff like that. I think some box seats, which came with closed circuit TV’s, were $75. I paid something like $35-40. I think they lowered prices dramatically since, though not sure, but they weren’t selling. All seniors in that area. Not such a hot stadium. The roof was white, or kind of white.
I’ve been to a bunch of stadiums. Shea-poor, windy, freezing and noisy. But seeing Seaver and Dwight Gooden life long memories. Montreal-lousy, but hot dog vendors barking, “chien chaud”, literally “dog hot”, different, and cheap, general admin at US $3.90(when loonie worth only US $0.65, about 10 years ago). Seeing Vlad Guerrero destroy teams, esp the Yankees, was great. Seattle’s Kingdome not so great either. When I went to the game in Seattle, they had just gotten a tall young pitcher in a trade, he might’ve only pitched once by then, and a guy I met in the ticket line was saying he might just turn out alright…Randy Johnson. He came in trade for Mark Langston, who went to Montreal, which had $$$ then, and Langston was the star in the trade.