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Sarasota daiquiri bar expands to Tropicana Field

Daiquiri Deck has signed a multiyear deal to partner with the Tampa Bay Rays at the team's St. Petersburg stadium.

  • By Louis Llovio
  • | 11:45 a.m. April 17, 2024
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The Daquiri Deck has opened a location at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The Daquiri Deck has opened a location at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
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Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays may not have a new stadium yet, but they’ve got a daiquiri bar to drown their sorrows in until one opens.

Sarasota-based Daiquiri Deck has opened inside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. It’s the company’s sixth location.

The bar, which opened on Opening Day last month, is the in the First Base Food Hall which is near the main entrance to the stadium.

According to a statement, the company has entered in a multiyear agreement with Tropicana Field. It would not say, though, how long that agreement is for or if it will carry over to a proposed new stadium expected to open in 2028.

A Daiquiri Deck spokesperson says, "They prefer not to disclose terms but did say that they are looking forward to having a presence in the new stadium as well." 

In September the team unveiled plans for a new $1.3 billion stadium that will be built with about $600 million in funds from the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County and at least that much from the team.

The plan calls for a 30,000-seat, domed stadium to be built near where Tropicana Field stands today.

Construction on the ballpark is expected to begin in late 2024 and completed in time for opening day of the 2028 season. But it must first be approved by St. Petersburg’s City Council, which is taking it up in early May.

Daiquiri Deck first opened in Siesta Key Village in 1993 and has locations in Sarasota, Venice and Bradenton Beach. At the stadium it will serve strawberry, margarita frozen daiquiris and non-alcoholic electric lemonade.

In the statement, the company says it “provided its patent pending proprietary technology and machines to the stadium, allowing for fresher and more consistent drinks.”

“The technology fills drink machines automatically with citrus and fruit preservation technology, self-cleaning and remote data viewing for inventory refilling and troubleshooting,” Daiquiri Deck says in the statement.

Along with the brick-and-mortar location, the company will have vendors in the stands selling frozen pop top drinks.



Louis Llovio

Louis Llovio is the deputy managing editor at the Business Observer. Before going to work at the Observer, the longtime business writer worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maryland Daily Record and for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He lives in Tampa.

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