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SBD/November 14, 2013/Facilities
Rays Planning Tropicana Field Renovations; New St. Pete Mayor Digs Into Ballpark Issue
Published November 14, 2013
NEW GUY, OLD ISSUE: St. Petersburg Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman yesterday met with current Mayor Bill Foster and said that he "came away with a new understanding" of the Rays ballpark issue, and it will be "the most pressing issue facing his new administration." Kriseman: "It's always interesting to get the other side of the story." He added that he has "reached out" to Sternberg, but the two "have not yet been able to connect" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 11/14). In Tampa, John Romano writes any "local insights to be gleaned from the Braves' surprising dash to a neighboring county most certainly depend on your point of view," but the news "could not have been better" for the Rays. It "reinforced the team's contention that a major-league franchise's worth is incalculable in the right location." For St. Petersburg, it was a "precedent to consider," but for Hillsborough County, it "had a high degree of sticker shock." Cobb County "may be somewhat of an anomaly in terms of a suburban location, but it's hard to deny that baseball teams usually get what they want when it comes to stadiums." The Rays "will eventually get a stadium," but the "hard part is figuring out when and where" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 11/14).