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Friday, May 22, 2009
It’s back to the drawing board for the RaysRemember 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.
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?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:37pm
Move them to Havana!!!
Posted 05/22 at 01:50 PM
kranky kritter said...
Yeah, let’s make Cuba a state!
Posted 05/22 at 02:37 PM
You mean like Ontario?
Posted 05/22 at 02:47 PM
Yeah, this had been a foregone conclusion for a while. If they do get a new ballpark (far from a sure thing), it will probably wind up on a former landfill in north St. Pete called Toytown. It’s big (around 250 acres I think), available and right off I-275. Though there WAS a note in the local paper a while back saying the Rays were looking into the cost of putting a retractable roof on the Trop, which I’d always thought was impossible. Not sure what’s come of that.
Posted 05/22 at 05:34 PM
How about they just take a can opener to the Trop? Instant open-air stadium.
Posted 05/22 at 06:05 PM
J. McCann said...
RE: can opener + retractable roof
Nothing is impossible, it always comes down to $$$
This is not a suprise at all, and I would hope they keep freshening up the Trop each year.
The economy in Florida is in the crapper, plus the state hates to pay for year-round stadiums. (They love spring training fields and the cities and counties have no problem ponying up $$$)
But I think it will be a long time before they have the tax base, fan base and juice to get a new field. They had better hope they keep contending for 5 to 10 years.
Posted 05/22 at 09:09 PM