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.
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.
Sooooo @RaysBaseball watch party at Al Lang Stadium again?
— #RaysUp (@TBwinningtheWS) October 9, 2019
— Marybeth (@marybeth_f37) October 9, 2019
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.