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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. Pinellas County's 17 possible sites for Rays ballpark

    The Heater

    As efforts ramp up to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in Pinellas County — and ward off a heavy challenge from Hillsborough County — officials recently identified 10 possible locations for a new stadium. …

    Airco Golf Course next to the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
  2. Have your say on Tropicana Field plans

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The city announced two public meetings for residents to participate in a master plan for the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site.

  3. Tampa Bay Rays want smaller year-round stadium — without upper deck


    ST. PETERSBURG — As the search for a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark enters its sixth month, both sides are refining their deliveries.

    Tampa Bay Rays executive Melanie Lenz, right, with her son Ben before the start of the exhibition opener in March. Lenz envisions a next generation ballpark that is more conducive to casual fans. "Seating that works for the traditional baseball consumer might not work for the family of four or the millennial," Lenz said.   [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  4. St. Petersburg City Council votes 5-3 to let Rays search elsewhere for stadium home

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A nearly decadelong stalemate between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays ended Thursday after the St. Petersburg City Council agreed to let the club look elsewhere for a new home.

    Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, center, addresses the St. Petersburg City Council with Rays president Brian Auld, right, and Mayor Rick Kriseman on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. The council voted to approve the deal with the Rays.
  5. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman puts Rays deal on fast track

    Human Interest

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays aren't wasting time.

    Rays pres?i?dent Brian Auld said Monday’s talks were “positive.”
  6. Batter up: Kriseman, Rays to meet with council members for one more pitch


    ST. PETERSBURG — A deal between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city appears almost certain to come before the City Council in January.

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman looks to get the fifth vote in favor of letting the team explore outside the city now that Lisa Wheeler-Brown is on the City Council. [WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  7. Poll shows Pinellas, Hillsborough divided on loyalty to Rays, future of stadium

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County residents care about keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the region more than their Hillsborough County counterparts.

  8. Rays' future in Tampa Bay could hinge on one St. Petersburg City Council race


    ST. PETERSBURG — The fate of a deal that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to search for a new home in Hillsborough County hinges on a single City Council race.

    City Council District 7 candidates from left are Sheila Scott Griffin, Will Newton, Aaron Sharpe, Lewis Stephens Jr. and Lisa Wheeler-Brown. There are two maybes, two yeses and one no concerning the Trop issue.
  9. MLB commissioner Manfred encouraged about potential for new Rays stadium


    MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today  he is encouraged about political support and potential for a new stadium for the Rays in the Tampa Bay area.

    Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred talks to reporters before an April 8 Mariners-Angels game in Seattle.
  10. St. Pete City Council's Jim Kennedy proposes study of Tropicana Field property's potential


    ST. PETERSBURG — Council member Jim Kennedy plans to ask his colleagues to bring in the Urban Land Institute to provide a detailed analysis of the stadium impasse with the Tampa Bay Rays.