Wednesday, April 25, 2018
News Roundup

Developer to unveil plan for new Tampa Bay Rays stadium

ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council will meet for several hours today without saying a word — a moment they have anticipated for months.

St. Petersburg developer Darryl LeClair and his CityScape group will present their plans for a new baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays at Carillon Business Park.

The developers hope their plan will break a long standoff between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays over the future of baseball in the region.

"I've been waiting for this for over a year," council Chairwoman Leslie Curran said. "Everybody is excited. I bet it will be creative."

LeClair's group has been working quietly on the plans for two years. People given an advance glimpse of the designs have said the project involves intensive, multi-use development on a compact plot of land.

The Rays, who say Tropicana Field cannot support major league baseball in the long run, have refused to consider any new sites in Pinellas County unless they can explore potential sites in Hillsborough County as well.

They are sending representatives to today's meeting but are not expected to make public statements.

Council members also won't be allowed to quiz LeClair.

Their attorney has advised them to stay mum to avoid weakening the city's contract that requires the Rays to play at the Trop.

The meeting is open to the public, but they also won't be allowed to speak.

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