Rays Stadium Debate

  1. St. Petersburg's Kriseman, Rays' Sternberg meet for 'great conversation'

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and new St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman met Tuesday afternoon to talk baseball, their first official session since Kriseman took office.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, and Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, right, met Tuesday afternoon to talk baseball.
  2. Tampa council: Don't limit talks about downtown tax money to Rays stadium

    Local Government

    TAMPA — It is, for everyone, the $100 million question.

    The city finishes paying off its debt on the Tampa Convention Center in 2015, leaving $14 million a year for the city to use.
  3. Michael Kalt, Rays executive who led stadium efforts, to leave team

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Michael Kalt, the executive who has led the Tampa Bay Rays' search for a new stadium, is leaving for a new job in his native New York City, the team announced Friday.

    Michael Kalt, 39, joined the Rays in 2006 as executive vice president of development and business affairs.
  4. Rays planning new ticket programs and ways to track fan spending

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Along with unveiling renovations to Tropicana Field today, the Tampa Bay Rays will announce a new flex pass that offers up to 50 percent discounts on single game prices.

  5. Selig: MLB won't get involved in negotiations between St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Rays

    Local Government

    ORLANDO — Major League Baseball has no immediate plans to intervene in stadium negotiations between St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Rays, both Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday.

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig talks to reporters after a meeting with owners in Chicago.
  6. Campaign rhetoric heats up between Foster, Kriseman over Rays


    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman has a message for the Tampa Bay Rays as the team negotiates with Mayor Bill Foster over the lengthy stadium stalemate.

    The Rays blame St. Petersburg’s Tropicana Field, which they say is outdated, for their poor attendance.
  7. Mayor Bill Foster says talks with the Tampa Bay Rays aren't going well


    ST. PETERSBURG — A deal to end the long-standing stadium impasse between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays could be falling apart.

    Last week, Rays officials told the Tampa Bay Partnership that other team owners are growing impatient as the Rays try to secure a new ballpark.
  8. Rays say other owners tired of sustaining team with revenue sharing

    The Heater

    TAMPA — Cash in the form of Major League Baseball revenue-sharing is sustaining the Tampa Bay Rays, but the patience of other team owners is running low as they wait for the Rays to secure a new ballpark.

  9. Hillsborough commissioner pitches Sulphur Springs for Rays stadium

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Public discussion about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays has tended to focus on locations in or near downtown Tampa, as is the trend for new, urban sporting arenas.

    Sulphur Springs “is an alternative that makes sense,” says Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist.
  10. Citing attendance woes, Foster says Rays should be allowed to look in Tampa

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Bill Foster has reached the reluctant conclusion that keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region means he has to let them cross the bay to explore a new stadium.