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STADIUM RENOVATION PLANS IN TAMPA FOR RAYS AND BUCS
Published April 19, 1995
Pinellas County commissioners met with Devil Rays Owner Vince Namoli about his request for $20M to reconfigure the Thunderdome for baseball. Namoli said approximately $50M in Dome improvements is required by MLB to bring the Dome up to standards. Namoli and St. Petersburg officials want the county to raise the tax on hotel guests by 1%, which would generate $20M. The city is applying for state sales tax money to pay $27.5M, and Naimoli said ownership will pay the additional $8- 10M. The meeting "grew testy at times" as Namoli was accused "of creating a crisis by not telling officials about the Dome improvements sooner." But Namoli countered that officials knew of the needed improvements "for years," but that he didn't "release a specific list" because it would have been used against Tampa Bay in their effort to gain a team. MLB has set an April 30 deadline for arranging financing (Ned Seaton, ST. PETE TIMES, 4/19).