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Rays favor the wealthy with seating changes


© St. Petersburg Times
published April 14, 2002

I am a Rays fan. Management's new ticket and seating policy, however, has gone too far. Upper deck seats were cheaper and better than many of the expensive tickets lower down, so management closed it.

It decided to isolate people who sit in the Beach from the vendors, gift shops and restaurants, forcing them to walk up from ground level instead of being able to use the escalator. It seems management is engaged in old-fashioned class warfare and discrimination. The Rays have gone to considerable effort to make the ballpark experience of poorer fans less pleasant and less memorable, making the richer fans more comfortable.
-- Ward Stavig, Lutz

"Left Coast' O, anyone?

I'm writing about the new "Gulf Shore offense," as they're calling Jon Gruden's offense with the Bucs. It sounds like something the over-80 set would use in a nasty game of slow-motion shuffleboard.

Admittedly, the term West Coast offense is overused and doesn't really apply here. How about something pure Florida and totally Tampa Bay? How about calling it the Left Coast offense?
-- Gene McDaniel, Clearwater

Invest in improvement

What is it with professional teams in Tampa Bay? First it was the Bucs. Sadly, it took the death of Hugh Culverhouse and new ownership to bring the Bucs respectability.

Then came the Lightning, the joke of the NHL. When William Davidson bought the team, there were high hopes he would turn it around. Instead, the team continues to dwell near the league's bottom with no hope of improvement.

Now we have the Devil Rays. The word is Chuck LaMar is going to cut payroll even more. They already have the lowest in baseball.

They will get what they pay for. A lot of low-cost, average ballplayers will not give you any chance of contending with teams that have better, higher-paid players. It's a known fact that if you want to win, you have to pay for it.

Until owners of all Tampa Bay teams start wanting to win, area sports will continue to be the laughingstock of the country.
-- Gary Feifer, Port Richey

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