Rays booster group says it has 100 business leaders ready to back move to Ybor City

Chuck Sykes and Ron Christaldi spoke at Cafe con Tampa last week about a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark proposed for Ybor City. Their  Tampa Bay Rays 2020 group will tomorrow name a list of 100 business leaders who are supporting their campaign.
Chuck Sykes and Ron Christaldi spoke at Cafe con Tampa last week about a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark proposed for Ybor City. Their Tampa Bay Rays 2020 group will tomorrow name a list of 100 business leaders who are supporting their campaign.
Published April 3
Updated April 3

TAMPA – The business booster group looking to drum up corporate support for a Tampa Bay Rays move to Ybor City will tomorrow unveil a list of 100 business leaders they say are on board with their campaign.

Tampa Bay Rays 2020 will unveil the list, known as the Rays 100,  at an invite-only event at the Lion’s Eye Institute tomorrow afternoon. Two business leaders will be announced as vice chairs of the sub-group. 

Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg announced Feb. 9 that the Ybor City site, located at the northwest corner of Adamo and Channelside drives, is the sole focus of the team's search for a new home.

The team's relocation is supported by Tampa Bay Rays 2020, a non-profit headed by attorney Ron Christaldi and Chuck Sykes, the CEO of Sykes Enterprises.

The unveiling of the Rays 100 is expected to be followed by the group  reaching out to the region's largest corporations to get pledges that they will back the team with the purchase of season tickets and corporate boxes.

The Rays, who play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, have been last in MLB average attendance for the past six years. Sternberg and other team executives say the team must move to boost attendances and revenue to make the team more competitive.

 Contact Christopher O'Donnell at [email protected] or (813) 226-3446. Follow @codonnell_Times

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