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The inside story on Rays’ Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Decades before it became what is today, baseball’s sacred jade bandbox, Fenway Park was a ramshackle dump that often drew crowds under 10,000 to Red Sox games in the early- and mid-’60s.

The pre-Nation Red Sox were bad, their park was worse, and when the Houston Astrodome opened as the world’s first domed stadium in 1965, some fed-up Fenway fans clamored for owner Tom Yawkey to build a similar wonder of the world with a roof over it for his band of Back Bay sad sacks.

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