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Secrecy looms around efforts to build new Rays stadium in downtown Tampa

Bay Buzz wanted to know more about this plan to assemble land in downtown Tampa for a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, so we called up Ryan Ryan Neubauer, founder and spokesman for BuildItDowntownTampa.org. On Wednesday, the 31-year-old software developer announced that he and an "investment" group were eyeing two sites in Tampa's downtown core.  

Bay Buzz: Why aren't you revealing the identity of investors?

Neubauer: Our investors specifically required us not to disclose their names publicly until the contratual obligations between the team and the city are remedied. At this point, everything hinges on that relationship between the city and the team.

Bay Buzz: Are they afraid of getting sued?

Neubauer: You can put two and two together on that.

Bay Buzz: Has the group spoken with MLB?

Neubauer: No.

Bay Buzz: How much money has been raised?

Neubauer: I can't disclose that either.

Bay Buzz: When could you disclose that?

Neubauer: When the legal situation is resolved and all the land is under contract.

Bay Buzz: What's the group's next step?

Neubauer: We want to finish the site analysis and put together a recommendation as to how to fund this. We want to be done with it in late summer or early fall, and make it available to the public.

Bay Buzz: The study will examine how this will be funded?

Neubauer: Yes. Our intention is to put in little to no public exposure on this.

Bay Buzz: What's an example of another stadium that didn't use public money?

Neubauer: San Francisco. No public money was used in the construction of that stadium. It was all done by the ownership and private business.

--Michael Van Sickler, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:36pm]

    

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