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Rays Stadium Debate

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Wednesday unveiled the city's familiar proposal for keeping the Tampa Bay Rays playing in the city, in a new stadium. This artist's rendering shows the proposed development that would rise around a new stadium on the existing 85-acre footprint of Tropicana Field. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]

Mayor Rick Kriseman makes his pitch for Tampa Bay Rays to stay put in St. Petersburg (w/video)

ST. PETERSBURG — Shortly before throwing out the first pitch at Tropicana Field on Wednesday evening, Mayor Rick Kriseman made a much more important pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays: Stay put. Kriseman and other officials gathered across the street at Ferg's Sports Bar & Grill to tout a glossy 43-page report the city pr …

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St. Petersburg isn't saving money for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium, but says it can help pay for one

ST. PETERSBURG — As the Tampa Bay Rays continue their search for a new ballpark, St. Petersburg is spending the funding source it once used to pay off the bonds for Tropicana Field. T …

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Editorial: More urgency needed on Rays stadium search

The Tampa Bay Rays open their 20th season Sunday in sold-out Tropicana Field with new turf, new concessions (a $13 grilled cheese burger!?), new players — and a familiar discussion about pro …

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  1. Sue Carlton: Who will take up where Jan Platt left off? Anyone? Anyone?

    Politics

    Here is a classic Jan Platt moment: In the 1990s, she ran for mayor against Tampa icon Dick Greco. But the day before election day — prime sign-waving time on city street corners — she had jury duty.

    An environmentalist, Jan Platt loved to fish. Here she is at Tampa’s Ballast Point Park pier in 1994.
  2. Meet the middlemen helping to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor City

    Business

    TAMPA — From his corner office on the 29th floor of a downtown Tampa skyscraper, Ron Christaldi can see the warehouses in Ybor City that may one day become the Tampa Bay Rays' ballpark.

    Ron Christaldi, a lawyer with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, poses for a portrait in his downtown Tampa office Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Christaldi, along with businessman Charles Sykes, created the nonprofit that has obtained rights to the land in Ybor City (seen behind him) where a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark could one day be located. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times 

  3. Behind the scenes with Times photographer Will Vragovic at Rays media day(w/video)

    Blogs

    Most professional (and some college) sports teams host a media day each year. It's an opportunity to have new faces and veterans run through a gauntlet of quick tv interviews, radio hits, and photo sessions to kick off a new season.

    Last fall, I saw the gifs that former Dallas Morning News photographer Gerry …

    Staff photographer Will Vragovic captured these GIFs while photographing Rays media day early on in spring training. To see them live, visit tampabay.com. Evan Longoria
  4. Mayor Rick Kriseman makes his pitch for Tampa Bay Rays to stay put in St. Petersburg (w/video)

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — Shortly before throwing out the first pitch at Tropicana Field on Wednesday evening, Mayor Rick Kriseman made a much more important pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays: Stay put.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Wednesday unveiled the city's familiar proposal for keeping the Tampa Bay Rays playing in the city, in a new stadium. This artist's rendering shows the proposed development that would rise around a new stadium on the existing 85-acre footprint of Tropicana Field. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]
  5. St. Petersburg isn't saving money for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium, but says it can help pay for one

    Growth

    ST. PETERSBURG — As the Tampa Bay Rays continue their search for a new ballpark, St. Petersburg is spending the funding source it once used to pay off the bonds for Tropicana Field.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Colby Rasmus' glove rests on the new playing surface photographed during a workout last week at Tropicana Field. The team is searching for a new stadium site. But if the Rays were to choose to stay in St. Petersburg, the city said it could help finance a new stadium. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]

  6. Rays' opening-day victory inspires a thought: Plan the parade, new stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG —- The parade will start down by the old pier. It will march up Central Avenue, go past Ferg's, turn left on 16th Street then wrap around the Trop into the parking lot.

    Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) salutes skyward after his home run in the third inning of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
  7. Editorial: More urgency needed on Rays stadium search

    Editorials

    The Tampa Bay Rays open their 20th season Sunday in sold-out Tropicana Field with new turf, new concessions (a $13 grilled cheese burger!?), new players — and a familiar discussion about prospects for a new stadium. By Opening Day in 2018, there should be a site selected for the next Rays ballpark and a general …

    By Opening Day in 2018, there should be a site selected for the next Rays ballpark and a general agreement on how to pay for it.
  8. Hillsborough Commissioner takes shot across bow of Rays owners as stadium search drags

    Blogs

    TAMPA -- No one has been a bigger cheerleader for the the campaign to lure the Tampa Bay Rays to Tampa than Ken Hagan.

    Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan said he was disappointed in the lack of urgency from Tampa Bay Rays owners after the team's principal owner Stuart Sternberg said the preferred site for a new stadium is no longer available.
  9. Stu Sternberg: Top choices for Rays new stadium are unavailable

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg revealed some complications in his team's search for a new stadium on Thursday, yet said he's still confident they will find a new home in the Tampa Bay area.

    Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg talks with reporters before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
  10. Commissioner still "optimistic" on Rays stadium search

    Blogs

    Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that he remains "optimistic" that the Rays will find a new stadium in the Tampa Bay market.