Fireworks and the Trop Do Mix…..Great!
I have to admit when I first heard the Tampa Bay Rays were going to provide some indoor fireworks entertainment after Friday night games, I was a bit in shock and awe because I still vividly remember seeing the video files of the tragic “Great White Concert Disaster held at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island back on February 23,2003. And I do not know why the images of that night’s events or even the horrific magnitude of that event is etched into my brain, but it did quickly come to mind.
But I also know that both band and post-concert pyrotechnics have grown by leaps and bounds since that tragedy, both in the safety realm and in the advent of chemicals and powder charges that could be produced within a confined stadium without producing accidental repercussions or cause any crowd discourse or disorientation due to excess smoke or lingering clouds of toxic fumes. And I definitely trusted the St. Petersburg Fire Marshal’s smiles and consistent chatter that the S. P. F. D. would never tolerate any shoddy preparations or procedural explosive charge mistakes that would catch the cotton retaining fabric on fire under the Tropicana Field Teflon dome.
But even if we did have to wait a few extra minutes (more like 20minutes) before the pyrotechnics crew had checked, double-checked and quadruple-checks the fireworks firing board’s igniter systems to insure and put even the most paranoid of us within the Trop. At ease before the event got under way. And I have to admit the beginning was a bit subdued, but it grew by the moment into a nice crescendo of pumping bass from the pre-programmed music and the thumps from the fireworks shells exploding into a prism of color and patterns that really did work under the orange and darken white underbelly of the Tropicana Field roof.
No sparks, no sign of wear and tear, and no reason to doubt anything wrong can happen if again on Friday night a few sparks or sunbursts again reach the high vantage points of the Trop’s roof. Sure we might have had to wait a few minutes more before being the first people to see what the Trop’s Friday Night fireworks program might look like starting with tomorrow night’s New York Yankee contest. It was a great sight to see under the roof of the Trop, and something I am anxious to again see every Friday night home game for the rest of the season.
Thank you Rays for letting some of us see that it is going to be both safe and enjoyable, because spreading the word about an event like this with positive results and excited grins will speak volumes as to the numbers of fans who will stay and also get a thrill out of the fireworks programs in 2010.