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Sternberg: Rays ready to make 'quick' decision once they get stadium options

Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg talks with reporters before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg talks with reporters before the start of the game between the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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Principal owner Stuart Sternberg said the Rays are working pretty much every day on the effort to get a new stadium.

But as of now, the team is waiting for Hillsborough County officials "to completely weigh in" with a site and specifics of the project.

"When they do then we'll be able to make a decision in a pretty quick time," he said.

That makes it sound as if they already know what their Pinellas options are, but he said not quite.

"We have sites in mind, and it's a question of what will get done around the site and how are they going to get paid for," he said. "And once municipalities are able to line those things up, not completely buttoned up but at least to a good extent, then we'll be able to make a decision."

Sternberg said they were hoping to have a decision by the end of the season, but the end of the year may be more likely.

Hillsborough County commissioner Ken Hagan told the Times on July 11 they expected to make an announcement in the "relatively near future.''

Also, Sternberg said he didn't know how the results of the St. Petersburg mayoral election between incumbent Rick Kriseman (with whom they struck the deal allowing permission to look in Hillsborough County) and former mayor Rick Baker would affect the process:

"We've worked with both the mayoral candidates in the past and we've had good experiences with both of them at times, so that all remains to be seen."

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 1:52pm]

    

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