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St. Pete Chamber: It's time to talk about a new Rays stadium



ST. PETERSBURG — Construction of a new baseball stadium should begin by 2017, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce advised Thursday, but only if the Tampa Bay Rays agree to stay within city limits.

Furthermore, if the team wants to leave downtown for a site closer to Tampa, the Rays should eventually bring spring training back from Charlotte County.

That's the gist of a letter the Chamber sent Thursday to St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. It was designed to "kick start'' negotiations between the city and Rays, said Chamber President John Long.

Foster said he was ready to talk. Read more here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:40pm]


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