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St. Petersburg Mayor Goes Public With Pessimism On Rays Ballpark Talks
Published September 5, 2013
CITY OF ANGELS: Angels President John Carpino yesterday said that the team would "use a three-year extension on the opt-out of its current stadium lease to explore ways to remain in Anaheim, not bolt." Carpino: "We're hopeful a deal can be made and we can stay in Anaheim for many years to come. We want to be part of a community and deliver a high-quality fan experience." In L.A., Mike DiGiovanna notes Carpino "would not comment when asked whether team officials have held discussions with other cities." But he said that the team "has begun to explore whether it would be more cost-efficient" to spend $130-150M required to update and upgrade Angel Stadium, or $600-700M to "build a stadium adjacent to the current one or on another site" (L.A. TIMES, 9/5). Carpino yesterday said that it is "only a matter of time before an agreement is reached on an extended lease and renovations to Angel Stadium." In California, Jeff Fletcher notes negotiations are "expected to be completed by the end of the year." Carpino said that the ballpark "needs a lot of work to keep it up to date." Carpino: "We want to improve the concession stands. We want to improve the wifi. With society today and fans, and so much social networking going on, we have to be cognizant of that. If we get the concessions and food and wifi, that's a good start. Then you start looking bigger picture" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/5).