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Ground Rules

Tropicana Field's catwalks, a series of rings that help "lift" the stadium's translucent, teflon-coated fiberglass domed roof, provide the field's unique source of ground rules. The rules were updated on March 15, 2011.

  • Tropicana Field

BULLPEN AREA

  • Ball lodging on, under or in the bullpen seating area: OUT OF PLAY. A ball is deemed to be lodged when it goes in or behind equipment or seating or, in the umpire’s judgment, is deemed otherwise unplayable.
  • Ball enters the bullpen seating area and rebounds out of the seating area: IN PLAY.

CATWALKS, LIGHTS AND SUSPENDED OBJECTS

  • Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over fair territory:
    • Batted ball that strikes either of the lower two catwalks, lights or suspended objects in fair territory: HOME RUN.
    • Batted ball that is not judged a home run and remains on a catwalk, light or suspended object: TWO BASES.
    • Batted ball that is not judged a home run and strikes a catwalk, light or suspended object in fair territory shall be judged fair or foul in relation to where it strikes the ground or is touched by a fielder. If caught by fielder, batter is out and runners advance at own risk.
  • Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over foul territory: DEAD BALL