Traffic Will Be Better

The traffic heading into Charlotte Sports Park was bumper to bumper Wednesday, causing lengthy delays for fans hoping to attend the Rays’ opening game of the Grapefruit League season.

Michael Kalt, Rays senior vice president, development and business affairs, said opening a new facility compounded the problem since people were not familiar with procedures and the location. Other than the traffic problem — which Kalt allowed was a big problem Wednesday — everything else went well.

“There’s a bunch of things we can do [to correct the traffic problem],” said Kalt, who vowed  the traffic would be much improved on Friday when the Rays play their second home game of the spring.

In a nice gesture, the Rays bused all of their employees working in St. Petersburg down to Port Charlotte for the first game.

–Bill Chastain

1 Comment

I had a bit of trouble, but I also got here 3 hours before the gates opened just in case of a problem.

Maybe the alternative might be to have cruisers at the main lights and direct traffic for a couple hours before, and a couple hours after the game. I know that the Rays will have this in the bag by the Friday Red Sox game.

Rays Renegade

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