Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays’ Nafe receives top award
Posted Feb 10, 2010 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 10, 2010 at 09:21 PM
Rick Nafe, the Rays vice president of operations/facilities, received the Stadium Managers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the SMA’s annual meeting Wednesday night in Orlando.
Nafe, who has held that position with the Rays since October 1996, has spent the past 29 years as a facility manager. He is one of only two facility managers to host a Super Bowl (two), the NCAA Final Four (1999) and a World Series (2008).
Nafe came to the Rays from the Tampa Sports Authority, where he worked from 1980 to 1996, including the last four years as the TSA director of operations. During his tenure at the TSA, Nafe coordinated efforts with Tampa and Hillsborogh County to build Steinbrenner Field (formerly Legends Field), the St. Pete Times Forum and Legends Field.
Nafe is a member of the Outback Bowl’s board of directors and served as the venue host and committee chairman for Super Bowls XVIII and XXV. A graduate of Florida State, Nafe sits on the board of FSU’s National Alumni Association.