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Bark in the Park: Rays Baseball Goes to the Dogs

Hot dogs won't be the only dogs at Tropicana Field during the Aug. 5 Bark in the Park.

What do you get when you combine America's favorite pastime with man's best friend? Bark in the Park.

Following the lead of many other baseball teams, the Tampa Bay Rays announced this week that on Aug. 5, Tropicana Field will host its first dog-friendly game.

During the 1:40 p.m. Rays-Oriels matchup, the stadium's tbt* Party Deck will be reserved for dogs and their owners.

Temporarily dubbed the "Dog Zone," the area will include an SPCA of Tampa Bay pet adoption booth, product samples, dog-and-owner photos against a Rays backdrop and other special activities.

The dog package costs $20 and includes a ticket in the tbt* Party Deck for one dog and owner, entry to the Dog Zone and a Rays dog bowl. Additional human tickets are available for $15 apiece.

All dogs must be licensed and leashed. Owners must sign a waiver saying their dogs' vaccines are up to date.

Details and tickets are available at  raysbaseball.com/dogday.

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