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Rays Planning To Use Blue Lighting For Tropicana Field Roof

The color change is subject to approval by MLB, which will have officials assess the ballpark today
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
The color change is subject to approval by MLB, which will have officials assess the ballpark today
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
The color change is subject to approval by MLB, which will have officials assess the ballpark today
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Rays are "planning to light" the inside of Tropicana Field's roof blue during games this season, according to Marc Topkin of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. The Rays feel the change would "improve playability, with fewer balls getting lost in and above the new brighter lights, and provide a more natural look, similar to a blue sky, somewhere between royal and navy." The change is "subject to approval" by MLB, which will have officials at the ballpark today to "make an assessment." Rays players and coaches got a first look during a workout yesterday, though the "difference was slight as sunlight filters through the white translucent roof, but seemed to like what they saw." The Rays have done "extensive experimenting with different shades of blue before deciding on what they think will work, and be approved." MLB rules will "require one consistent color for all games, day or night." Rays CF Kevin Kiermaier said, "I’m all for anything that would make that dirty white ball not blend into that dirty white roof as much" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 3/25).