Rays abandon quest for state stadium subsidy
ST. PETERSBURG -- The Tampa Bay Rays said Monday they are temporarily abandoning plans to seek a $60-million state subsidy to help pay for a new downtown waterfront stadium.
Team senior vice president Michael Kalt said the decision does not affect the team's stadium proposal or timetable. The Rays wants to build a $450-million waterfront stadium on the site of Al Lang Field that would be ready for play in 2012.
"We said from the beginning that we don't see (the state money) as crucial," Kalt said. "It's nice to have, but it's not essential. We're not in the business of pushing things through that we think are unrealistic."