ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) - City leaders are planning to spend another $500,000 on upgrades and repairs to Tropicana Field requested by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Almost half of the money would go to replace four obsolete and worn air-conditioning units that cool separate back-of-the-house areas not connected to the stadium’s main cooling system. The walkway for fans moving from the stadium mezzanine to the seating area will be improved to give better views, and restrooms in the upper deck will be retiled.

There also will be repairs to expansion joints and exterior concrete sections.

“It’s basically non-glamorous bricks-and-mortar kinds of items,” said Rick Nafe, Rays vice president of operations and facilities.

The city council is scheduled to vote on the request Sept. 4. It comes on the heels of a $1.3 million upgrade that city leaders approved in November for the stadium that the Rays don’t want to call home.

The money helped to pay for the remodeling of the batter’s eye area and Rays 360, a 360-degree walkway fans use to walk around the field without using the concourse, which Nafe said has been a hit with fans.

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