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Rays Stadium Debate

Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite Thursday's failed City Council vote. [Times]

Rays' Matt Silverman: Talks with St. Petersburg will continue despite failed vote on stadium deal

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite a failed City Council vote. Silverman said he expects talks with the city to continue "as we work toward an agreeable outcome." ... ST. PETERSB …


St. Petersburg City Council rejects Rays stadium search deal

ST. PETERSBURG — The stadium standoff continues. Baseball's uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated and — if possible — more testy. The St. Petersburg Cit …


Romano: City Council says no to Rays deal with potential development windfall

The deal is off the table, and you should blame City Council members. You might also want to praise them. For, in baseball terms, they got a save. An issue raised by St. Petersb …


  1. Hillsborough commissioners quarrel over using MOSI land for USF football stadium

    Local Government

    TAMPA — There are no concrete plans yet to move the Museum of Science and Industry, but the fate of its current site is already becoming a political football.

    Speculation about the future of MOSI’s Fowler Avenue site  intensified after Lightning owner Jeff Vinik expressed his desire to bring the science museum downtown to help anchor his project.
  2. Stuart Sternberg says Rays won't negotiate on stadium during season

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays do not plan to negotiate with St. Petersburg about a new stadium until the end of the season, principal owner Stuart Sternberg said Monday.

    Stuart Sternberg says there won’t be talks until winter.
  3. St. Petersburg City Council agrees to workshop on Rays' bid for stadium search

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — With the opening day of baseball season fast approaching, the St. Petersburg City Council voted Thursday to reopen the debate about the future of Tropicana Field and the Tampa Bay Rays.

  4. New roof technology could benefit a new Rays stadium

    Human Interest

    Minor-league baseball can tolerate muggy Florida's open-air stadiums. If rain or lightning wipes out $1 Tuesday, who cares if average attendance slips from 1,300 to 900?

    This is a rendering of the stadium being built for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.  The roof will be made of a polymer that is stronger than glass but lighter.
  5. Rays stadium issue may yet get an airing before the St. Petersburg council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's latest attempt to break a stadium standoff with the Tampa Bay Rays may get an airing before the St. Petersburg City after all — if not a vote.

  6. Latest Tampa Bay Rays stadium search proposal appears dead

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay's five-year stalemate over a new baseball stadium continues — with no obvious end in sight.

    Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld addresses the St. Petersburg City Council in December as Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, looks on. The council voted 5-3 against a proposal to let the Rays explore possible stadium sites in Hillsborough County. The mayor has decided against bringing a new proposal to the council this week.
  7. Kriseman's latest effort to let Tampa Bay Rays look for a new stadium site


    ST. PETERSBURG — A revised agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays was sent on Friday to the City Council, but hopes are dimming a deal will be reached any time soon.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman thinks the Rays may leave the region if his plan doesn’t get support.
  8. Commissioner Rob Manfred calm on Rays stadium issue

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Rob Manfred did lots of talking Thursday during the first visit by a commissioner to Rays spring training camp in 18 years, taking questions from players on pace-of-game changes and marketing initiatives, meeting with top team officials and conducting a series of interviews.

    New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks with Rays pitcher Chris Archer. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
  9. Sternberg fears stadium search delay could threaten Rays' area future

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — What Tampa officials and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik are plotting for downtown Tampa looks good to Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg. Great, actually.