ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays and the St. Petersburg Branch of the NAACP will host an open forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the Rays' plans for a new ballpark and the redevelopment of Tropicana Field.
The forum is being held at 1501 16th St. S.
Rays senior executives will present the team's vision for a new ballpark and redevelopment of Tropicana Field, answer key questions, and highlight the minority participation goals and economic and community development benefits of the projects, according to a press release.
The Rays and NAACP have been working together since January to outline a plan to advocate the promotion of civil rights and increased economic opportunity for all residents of St. Petersburg, according to the Rays.
"The Rays' proposal for a new ballpark and the redevelopment of Tropicana Field represents more than $1-billion in new investment into St. Petersburg, the creation of thousands of new construction and permanent jobs, and new housing opportunities," said Oretha Pope, economic development chair of the St. Petersburg NAACP branch.
"It is our responsibility to make sure that the social and economic benefits derived from these projects include fair, affordable housing on the Tropicana Field site, the inclusion of minority-owned businesses in the projects, and training and employment opportunities for the city's minority citizens."
Those interested in attending the forum must RSVP by calling (727) 898-3310.