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Sunday, Feb 07, 2016
Tampa Bay Rays

Trop goes to dogs with Bark in the Park at Rays game


You expect to see hot dogs at the ballpark.

But at Tropicana Field, Sunday was a day for the four-footed variety, too, as the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the team's first Bark in the Park.

A special seating area was reserved for dog owners and their pets. The sprawling Party Deck was turned into a "Dog Zone" with product samples, a pet adoption booth hosted by SPCA of Tampa Bay, and activities for dogs and their owners.

A leash was required as part of the uniform but some owners also tried to dress the pooch like their favorite Ray – a hairy, bespectacled Joe Maddon, for example.

Bark in the Park seating sold out before the game started.

The 1:40 p.m. game against the Baltimore Orioles also features some other fan favorites, including a post-game concert by the Wiggles, the Australian band for children, and – not to be upstaged by the canines – mascot DJ Kitty in a bobblehead giveaway.

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