Remember that billowed-sail, retractable-roof waterfront ballpark the Rays proposed a couple of years ago? Not happening:
There will not be a ballpark on the downtown waterfront. The Tampa Bay Rays say they have altogether abandoned thoughts of an open-air stadium at the site of Al Lang Field.
“It’s pretty clear people did not want a ballpark down there,” Rays senior vice president Michael Kalt said Friday. “From what we’re seeing, we’re probably in that camp, too. For us, Al Lang’s not an option.”
That acknowledgement, which follows a steady and growing opposition for the waterfront plan, puts a final nail in the coffin of a $450 million proposal that for months ripped the city in two. It also creates an immediate new question for the Rays, citizens and stadium opponents: Where next?
You’d have to think Tampa. Or at the very least, farther up the peninsula towards Clearwater or something. If not, you’re basically looking at Orlando or staying put, aren’t you?