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Rays Watch Parties: Where To See Deciding Game 5 Vs. Astros

Sparkman Wharf, at Water Street Tampa, is one of several sites for a Rays watch party for Game 5 against the Astros. WUSF PUBLIC MEDIA

The Tampa Bay Rays are heading to Houston for a deciding Game 5 Thursday night with the Astros as watch parties around the region gear up.

The Rays revealed their official watch locations on Wednesday afternoon: Sparkman Wharf in downtown Tampa and North Straub Park and Park & Rec in St. Petersburg.

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Rays fans spent Wednesday on Twitter awaiting word about the watch party locations and hoping -- to no avail -- that the team would open the Trop to TV viewers.

The official Rays parties are set for:

Straub Park - North Downtown Waterfront Park, 400 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg. The site is off Beach Drive between 4th and 5th Avenues NE. Live music from George Pennington starts at 5:30. The party will feature food and beverage vendors but Rays fan can also bring their own food.  Bring a low lawn chair and/or blankets, pets allowed, door prizes, DJ Kitty and the Rays Street Team will be present.

Park & Rec, 100 Fourth St. S., St. Petersburg.  The Rays Street Team will be on hand, along with drink specials such as $3 Budweiser tallboys and $4 cowbell shots. The event gets started at 5 p.m.

Sparkman Wharf, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. The party starts at 5 p.m., with the Rays Street Team and pictures with Rays mascot Raymond.

Other watch party sites announced on social media include:

Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The iconic bar across from Tropicana Field boasts 84 television screens inside and will have a large-screen TV truck outside. Watch party doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game.

The Lure, 661 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The party starts at 7 p.m.

World of Beer Westchase, 9524 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa. The watch party is co-hosted by Blend Lounge.

Linksters Tap Room, 1911 W Brandon Blvd., Brandon.

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