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What could have been: Rays ballpark considered for these eight Tampa locations

By Steve Contorno
An image depicting what Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, would look like at the current location of Jefferson High School in Tampa. It is one of eight mockups of potential Tampa Bay Rays ballpark locations created last year by Hillsborough County.

When St. Petersburg gave the Tampa Bay Rays permission to search for a new home in January 2016, Hillsborough County officials surveyed their available options. Within a few months, their list included eight sites from the familiar (the Florida State Fairgrounds) to the new (a previously undiscussed office and retail plaza near Dale Mabry Highway and Interstate 275). By April, the county had mapped the eight proposals and placed images of a stadium on each property to demonstrate to the Rays how a ballpark might fit, according to records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times. (The Rays declined to comment on the alternative sites.) In October, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan unveiled a proposal for a ballpark on a 14-acre site near Ybor City.

Here are all eight sites the county presented to the Rays