Case Study

Building a better stadium and a long-term partnership

The Tampa Bay Rays are a vital part of the Tampa, Florida community. As a highly public entity with millions of visitors each baseball season, the team strives to create a great game-day experience and needs an aesthetically pleasing stadium to do so. As sports surfaces are such a crucial element of interior design, they’ve sought a quality flooring partner to support the maintenance and improvement of the stadium. Through the years, we’ve developed a strong partnership with the ownership group and have become a trusted part of their team, keeping Tropicana Field looking like a world-class facility.

Many sports surfaces projects over the years

Since 2004, Spectra has been installing floors at Tropicana Field for the Rays. From a major stadium facelift to additions, expansions and flooring change-outs, we’ve installed flooring throughout the entire facility. Our work includes flooring for VIP areas, dugouts, locker rooms, areas for the players and coaches, weight rooms, suites, carpeting for the executive offices — even flooring for the team’s minor league stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Over the years, we’ve helped the ownership group solve a range of stadium flooring installation challenges. When they required a specialty carpet tile in a rare color, we leveraged our extensive national partnerships to have it custom manufactured on the team’s budget. When drainage from the playing field was causing problems for the dugout flooring, we found a manufacturer that could provide and warranty a unique solution to ensure the dugout would look great for years to come. Through the course of time, our partnership with the Rays has only grown and strengthened.

Tampa Bay Rays Stadium

What a long-term partnership looks like

As we’ve completed a wide range of projects and the installation of sports surfaces for the team, we have specific installation crews that are highly familiar with the team — crews that know the facility and are trusted by the organization. Our crew leaders and superintendents have established strong relationships with key stadium personnel and have learned the intricacies of completing work for the team. We know the preferences of our client, anticipating their needs and pre-ordering materials to reduce their costs and save them time. We’ve partnered with our vendors to deliver the most competitive pricing on many materials. On each and every project, we’ve met the team’s most aggressive deadlines, whether it’s meant working day and night, around the clock or with extra manpower on our crews. And our experienced flooring experts have supported stadium operations with product care services. When there’s a championship to celebrate, we’re on call to clean up the locker rooms after the champagne has been uncorked — so the Rays don’t have to replace the carpet. We support the team with our business too. We’re proud season ticket holders.

Bottom line? Whatever our clients need, we deliver, with exceptional service.


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