You know that group that has been researching a new stadium for the Rays for what seems like a decade? That same group, A Baseball Coalition, that has absolutely no authoritative power whatsoever? Well, their long-awaited findings were released yesterday, most of which is garners a gigantic “Duh.”
Let’s sum up the findings…
- A new stadium is no longer a “maybe.” A new stadium is required.
- Downtown St. Pete and the Fairgrounds in Tampa both suck, unless the new stadium is “iconic.”
- A new stadium if going to cost as much as $550 million and the public is going to pay for most of it.
- And the stadium must have a retractable roof of some kind.
The original plan by the Rays was cheaper, it was “iconic” and had a roof. Sounds like the City of St. Pete screwed up when they cowered to the delicate sensibilities of a dozen rich people that were worried about their precious condo views in Downtown St. Pete.
Group: New Rays’ stadium should go outside downtown St. Pete [Tampa Tribune]