Ybor City for new Tampa Bay Rays stadium?

Rays Reportedly Expected to Announce Intention to Relocate to Tampa's Ybor City

Rays Reportedly Expected to Announce Intention to Relocate to Tampa's Ybor City

During a press conference Friday, it was announced that the team has selected a site located in the Ybor City section of Tampa on which to build its new stadium. Tampa has produced Major League Baseball legends such as Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, and Fred McGriff, are all from Tampa, and the local Saladino Tournament for high school teams has seen future legends on their diamonds for generations.

The Rays have been struggling for years with attendance at their current home, Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg, prompting a group of community and business leaders to form a group called Tampa Bay Rays 2020 with the goal of keeping the team in the Tampa Bay region. The spot also is well-served by highways and mass transit, and it sits across a waterfront that is fast becoming a hot neighborhood.

There are new developments in the stadium location search for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fridays announcement is the easy part.

The overarching questions of how much the stadium will cost and who will pay for it were left to be answered for another day.

"There is no doubt in my mind that this community supports a new ballpark in Tampa", Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan offered.

"Ybor City is authentically Tampa Bay", Sternberg said, according to The Tampa Bay Times. But it is not the first one. However, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said the process is still "unfolding" to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg. Without that deal, which expires in January, Tampa Bay would be at far greater risk of losing the Rays when the Tropicana Field lease expires in 2027, or even before.

The Rays will celebrate their 20th anniversary in the upcoming 2018 season.

Patrick Manteiga, the editor and publisher of the Ybor City-based weekly La Gaceta and a champion of all things Ybor, said it's "fantastic" that the Rays are considering pulling up stakes in the historic district. The Rays are a regional asset, and it will take regional support to ensure baseball remains in Tampa Bay.

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