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Rick Nafe, Tampa Bay Rays

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RICK NAFE
Vice president of operations and facilities
Tampa Bay Rays

For 37 years, Nafe has managed stadiums in Tampa, including Tropicana Field, home of the Rays since their inception in 1998. From 1980 to 1992, he ran old Tampa Stadium, the Buccaneers’ original home, before spending four years as executive director of the Tampa Sports Authority. Nafe joins the retired Bill Lester [Metrodome] as the only facility managers whose buildings have played host to a Super Bowl, World Series and NCAA Final Four.


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