Mayor Bill Foster is proposing changes to the city’s contract with the Tampa Bay Rays that would allow the club, for the first time, to explore alternate sites to downtown’s Tropicana Field.
Foster said the amended agreement would permit the Rays to consider a stadium anywhere in St. Petersburg and the “greater Gateway area,” which would include land outside city limits.
Derby Lane and Pinellas County’s Airco Golf Course, which have been mentioned as possible sites, are in the Gateway area and not in St. Petersburg. Foster specifically mentioned them as locations that could be considered if the changes are accepted by the City Council and the Rays.
As of Monday, the proposed changes were still being drafted and weren’t available.
The current contract between the city and the club requires the Rays to play at Tropicana Field through the 2027 season. Last month, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said he wanted to leave the Trop before then. He said he’d consider keeping the club in Tampa Bay only if he could look at all possible sites in the region, including those in Tampa and Hillsborough County. To read more click here. (TAMPABAY.COM)