Petersburg's resorts such as the Vinoy Park Hotel and the St. Petersburg includes the Grand Central District and Historic Kenwood.
The Grand Central District houses the cities cafes, art galleries, restaurants, and bars all owing to the Renaissance style architecture. Petersburg has a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cfa), closely bordering a tropical savanna climate, with a definite rainy season from June through September. Petersburg, like the rest of the Tampa Bay area, is occasionally affected by tropical storms and hurricanes.
Tropicana Field, home of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays, is located in the western part of downtown.
Until 2008, the team played its spring training games at nearby Progress Energy Park. Petersburg the first city that played host to its baseball team during spring training as well as the regular season since the 1919 Philadelphia Athletics.
In 1914, the Tampa Bay area was one of the first Floridian cities that fell in love with baseball tracing its roots from Tampa and St. Petersburg to Tampa and back was initiated, generally considered the first scheduled commercial airline flight. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, and the pilot was Tony Jannus, flying a Benoist XIV flying boat. Travel time from across the bay was cut due to the Gandy Bridge's opening in 1924, helping St.At the end of 2007, there was a debate over a new stadium to be built on the downtown waterfront at the current Progress Energy Park site.Tropicana Field would be demolished and replaced with prime residential and retail space.Development of the first Major League Baseball team to be located in the Tampa Bay area began in St. The city tried to encourage numerous teams through the United States to make St. The stadium opened in 1990 as the Florida Suncoast Dome, later named the Thunderdome in 1993.After many attempts to attract tenants to the new stadium, Major League Baseball gave St. In 1996, the dome was renamed a third time to Tropicana Field after naming rights were established with Tropicana Dole Beverages.