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Volume 25 No. 23
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Rays' Tampa Ballpark Site Announcement Could Come Within 2-3 Weeks

A key member of the group trying to bring the Rays to Tampa said that he is "confident the team has made their choice" for the Ybor City site and "expects an announcement" within 2-3 weeks. Tampa attorney Ron Christaldi said that he and Hillsborough County commissioner Ken Hagan "had dinner recently" with Rays Owner Stuart Sternberg, co-Presidents Brian Auld and Matt Silverman, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, in which Christaldi "said it was apparent 'everyone wants to go in the same direction.'” The Rays have publicly committed to funding $150M, but Christaldi believes the team will "need to come up with a lot more than that" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 1/26).