Is Tampa Bay Rays' financial impact as good as candidate says?
ST. PETERSBURG — Mayoral candidate Larry Williams has been a one-man cheerleading squad for the Tampa Bay Rays on the campaign trail, a stance that has set him apart in the 10-way race. His rivals have mostly shied away from committing to a new baseball stadium.
Williams insists a new stadium is not a matter of politics. It's about keeping jobs in the Tampa Bay area.
"With a financial impact of approximately $300 million plus to our city, it is easy to determine that baseball is good for St. Petersburg," he wrote in a recent letter to the St. Petersburg Times.
Arguments for a new stadium are largely opinion based, so we opted to take a larger look at Williams' assertion.
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