Post by President Ackbar™ on Sept 18, 2023 17:08:41 GMT
Report: Rays complete deal for new stadium in St. Petersburg
ESPN News Services
Sep 18, 2023
The Tampa Bay Rays are expected to announce the completion of a deal for a new stadium in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Tuesday, according to a report by the Tampa Bay Times.
The construction of the 30,000-seat domed stadium, which is set to open in 2028 and is estimated to cost over $1.2 billion, figures to end speculation about the Rays relocating to another city.
The Rays' current 30-year lease at the domed Tropicana Field ends in 2027, and the franchise had considered moving elsewhere, such as neighboring Tampa, amid consistently low attendance.
Rays owner Stuart Sternberg told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this month that the organization expected to "pay for half or more" of the cost for the stadium. The remainder of the cost will be contributed by the city of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County.
The new stadium will be part of a massive redevelopment of St. Petersburg's 86-acre Gas Plant District -- a project that also includes affordable housing, office space and retail in what was once a thriving Black neighborhood.
The team and the city initially unveiled outlines for the project in January, with Mayor Ken Welch calling the Rays "the best partner for this generational endeavor."
From the desk of: Gial W. Ackbar, 6th President of the New Republic of the Galaxy
now they will pursue / announce two expansion teams
God fucking NO. The talent pool is already thin enough. Every season, there are multiple teams that lose 100+. The A's and Royals are already there and Colorado due to join them. A first year expansion team will lose 140 games and be a joke. And make more bad teams. I know the greedy fuck owners will expand because the nine figure expansion fee is free money.
Wow, the Rockies have never lost 100 games. Most was 98 in 2012. On a team with Todd Helton, Carlos Gonzalez, DJ Lemahieu, Troy Tulowitzki, Dexter Fowler...