Tampa Mayor Wants To Revive Talks On New Rays Ballpark
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor is "looking to revive talks" for a new MLB ballpark in the city, according to Ryan Kolakowski of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. Castor, who was at Tropicana Field for the Rays' ALDS Game 4 win, said, "It's very, very important to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay. We've shown that we can support all of our sports teams, and we just need to work with the Rays to decide what the best location is for the stadium." Castor confirmed that there are "not any active talks" to bring a Rays ballpark to Tampa or Hillsborough County. She said that the Rays' playoff run "reminds the community of the need to work together to keep the team in Tampa Bay." Castor: "I just want to sit down and have those discussions with the Rays. If it's in conjunction with St. Pete, with Pinellas, with Hillsborough, with Tampa, just bring everybody together and figure out what's best for the region." Castor reiterated that Tampa would "not pay for a new ballpark with taxpayer funds" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 10/9).