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Rays mania could threaten downtown, leaders worry



No, city leaders can't predict the future. And you have to worry they may be jinxing the home team.

But the St. Petersburg City Council didn't debate Tuesday whether the Tampa Bay Rays will make the playoffs...they went straight to tackling the most pressing issue of all: Parking.

Unlike other sold-out games, officials are worried many fans who can't get tickets will overwhelm downtown if the team gets into the playoffs. "We just want to be prepared," said Joe Kubicki, the city's transportation director.

The solution ain't too sexy: If the Rays keep winning, the city will encourage more people to park downtown and take shuttle buses to Tropicana Field.

-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:35am]


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