Pinellas County's Gateway offers Rays stadium options
Pros and cons of the potential stadium sites:
A. Airco Golf Course
Size: 99 acres
Advantages: Public land, central location
Disadvantages: Possible height restrictions. Probably would have to make lease payment toward airport operations. Traffic access problematic.
Size: 60-80 acres of vacant land
Advantages: Central location with proven traffic patterns. Thousands of office parking spaces already in place.
Disadvantages: Costly land without any indication that owners and current occupants have any desire for stadium. Fragmented acreage.
Size: 240 to 300 acres
Advantages: Possible free land. Current development plan envisions mixed-use town center development the Rays would like. Lots of office buildings for parking synergies. Seventy acres already designated for public recreation.
Disadvantages: Uncertainties over what, if anything, can be built on site. Complex permitting that could lead to costly delays. Uncertain traffic access.
D. County landfill expansion site
Size: 200 acres
Advantages: Big chunk of public land.
Disadvantages: In 15 to 20 years, will be dumping ground for ash from county incinerator. Without it, county might have to truck ash more than 100 miles to other landfill. Uncertain traffic access. Right next to the incinerator.
E & F. La Entrada/Jabil
Size: About 100 acres each for 200 acres combined.
Advantages: La Entrada already permitted and zoned for mixed-use development. Infrastructure already under way. Since properties abut, office parking and retail amenities on one could help support the other.
Disadvantages: Land cost. Limited traffic access at present. Uncertainty whether either land owner is interested in selling or participating in stadium project.