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St. Petersburg may let Rays consider stadium locations outside city limits



ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayor Bill Foster has sent a proposed amendment to the city's contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to the team for its review.

Earlier this week, Foster said the proposed changes would permit the Rays to consider a new stadium anywhere in St. Petersburg and the "greater Gateway area," which would include land outside city limits.

Derby Lane and Pinellas County's Airco Golf Course, which have been mentioned as possible sites, are in the Gateway area and not in city limits. Foster specifically mentioned them as locations that could be considered if the changes are accepted by the City Council and the Rays.

“We received Mayor Foster’s letter late this afternoon," Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn said Thursday. "We will review it in a timely manner and respond directly to his office.”

Read the proposed amendment here: Download Fosterletter.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:41pm]


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