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Booster group praises ABC Coalition report



A group seeking to drum up support for a Rays stadium in Tampa praised a study that listed downtown among the top options. has been collecting signatures for months to show support for a downtown Tampa stadium. Its statement about last month’s report from the ABC Coalition, a group of business leaders formed to recommend options for the Rays’ future, complimented the effort to frame the debate as a regional discussion.

"Regardless of where this stadium is ultimately constructed, it is important that those of us from Sarasota to Brooksville and all points in between engage in constructive conversations about what is best for our team and our region," the pro-downtown Tampa group said in a statement.

It went on to make the case for why a downtown Tampa location works best among five options the ABC Coalition report recommends. To see the full statement, click here. is not affiliated with Claire Clements, the Tampa developer who this week confirmed she created a conceptual plan for a new stadium downtown. But they did react to some of the public dialogue that has resulted from that news, particularly the veiled threats of a lawsuit from the attorney for St. Petersburg, which has a contract with the Rays through 2027.

"Although government will be an important partner as this initiative progresses, we believe the Bay Area’s corporate community needs to be the driving force behind a new stadium," it reads. "In the interest of open discussion, we ask all parties involved to refrain from threats of litigation or other punitive measures."

-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:26pm]


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