Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Rays leadership wants new stadium in Tampa

Rays leadership wants new stadium in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced their preferred site for a new ballpark, revealing that they will pursue a site in Tampa's Ybor City.

Hagan shared details of the proposed stadium site last fall: A 14-acre plot of land not far from the Port of Tampa and bounded by Channelside Drive on the west, 4th Avenue on the north, 15th Street on the east, and Adamo Drive on the south.

The Tampa Bay Rays, like the Oakland Athletics, have found themselves stuck in new-stadium drama for more years than they'd like to count.

The timeline of such a project is unclear. "The Rays have an agreement with the City of St. Petersburg that allows them to search for a new ballpark through January 2019".

Fridays announcement is the easy part. Once the site is approved, the team would still have to secure financing for the stadium. Who will pay for new stadium? The Rays also are going to have to kick in significantly more than the $150 million Sternberg has previously suggested to make the numbers work.

"Ybor City is authentically Tampa Bay", Sternberg said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. But it is not the first one.

The Rays are hoping to move out of the Tropicana Field and have picked a site to build a new stadium. The Rays have a contract to play at Tropicana Field through 2027.

Notably absent from Fridays' announcement was St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman, who said yesterday that he still believes the Trop site is the team's best option, but he was pressing forward with plans to redevelop the area without a stadium. The Rays are a regional asset, and it will take regional support to ensure baseball remains in Tampa Bay.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan has been working on a deal to bring the team from their current location in St. Petersburg to Tampa.

Hagen said Ybor City checks all the boxes for a new ballpark.

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