Tampa Bay Rays: Stadium Initiative Takes a Huge Blow
The Tampa Bay Rays were hoping to start their 2023 season in a new stadium. The new site was supposed to be in Ybor City near Tampa. This is during the baseball winter meetings there was supposed to be an announcement. The fans of the Rays were waiting and hoping for the best. Today they got the opposite. Owner Stuart Sternberg announced that the deal in Ybor had fallen through. This was made in Las Vegas and reported as soon as it broke. Now the Rays will play at Tropicana Field until 2027 when their lease with St. Petersburg is up.
Rays ownership recently purchased the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Which means they own the stadium that the Rowdies play in. Al Lang stadium used to be the spring training home of the St. Louis Cardinals. Is this possibly the future home of the Tampa Bay Rays? Think about this, what is Florida known for? That is water, right? On the site in Ybor, there was no water in site. The highway covers it. If the Rays build up Al Lang it will be on the waterside. Downtown St. Petersburg is blooming right now.
This would add to that. The Rowdies can also play on the field when the Rays are in their offseason. Now the hope is that they don’t move the franchise out of Florida. All the proposed sites would probably like to have a new owner and expansion franchise. The MLB wants to add a franchise in the future rather than just move one. The Rays, for the time being, are in the Trop.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a bright future ahead of them. They had a great 2018 winning 90 games. The Rays have bright young stars that are going to be here for a long time. The Rays just need the fans to hang around until the new stadium comes together. I have a funny feeling, like the local radio here in Tampa, the Rays will be in St. Petersburg but not at Tropicana Field. They will build up Al Lang and bring back baseball to the waterfront in St. Petersburg.
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