At first glance, the Rays like the looks of the new venue, complete with its lime green interior.
"It's kind of cool," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I like the art. I like the Dodge Challenger green wall out there. I like that a lot. Circa 1970, Challenger RT, 440 six pack."
And the sculpture in center field...
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"A bit awkward, but somebody liked it," Maddon said.
A reporter asked Maddon if he knew how much the sculpture cost, and the Rays manager chuckled: "Way too much, I'm sure."
Ben Zobrist said he loves new stadiums.
"Looks like there's not a bad seat in the house," Zobrist said. "I actually like the green, too."
Zobrist said that the first time playing at a new stadium is always an adventure while trying to figure out how the park will play.
"The infield looks a little bit hard just looking at it, but I'll have to see how it plays when we get out there on it," Zobrist said.
Matt Joyce said the park reminded him of Milwaukee's Miller Park, where the Rays played a series last season.
"The feel, the retractable roof, how it's open [beyond the left-field wall]," Joyce said. "As far as hitting-wise, hopefully you can see the ball well. I haven't taken BP yet. The grass is kind of iffy. But it's obviously a beautiful stadium."
However, Joyce wasn't a fan of the depth of center field, 418 feet, and the power alley in right-center, 392 feet.
"That's huge," Joyce said. "That's crazy. I don't know why they'd ever do that. If you're going to build a ballpark, you're going to want to build a ballpark that players can hit home runs and you draw fans that way. To make center field and those gaps over there so big so you don't see home runs takes away a little bit."