Rays Stadium Debate

  1. Window closing for Tampa Bay Rays stadium in Carillon Business Park


    ST. PETERSBURG — Amid much fanfare two years ago, developer Darryl LeClair unveiled bold plans for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium at Carillon Business Park in the Gateway area.

    The proposed Carillon stadium site is one of three good possibilities, a civic group said in 2010.
  2. St. Petersburg looks to refinance Tropicana Field debt

    Local Government

    Just as residents use low interest rates to refinance their homes, the city of St. Petersburg hopes to shift debt on Tropicana Field to save a little bundle.

    Tropicana Field, built in 1986, has been financed and refinanced over the years through several long-term bond issues.
  3. City officials consider spending millions of dollars for Tropicana Field roof repairs

    Economic Development


    The Tampa Bay Rays have made it clear that they don't see a long-term future for the team at Tropicana Field.

    "The Rays are going to be in Tropicana for awhile,'' said Kevin King, chief of staff for St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman. "We've to keep it maintained and we have to keep it safe.''   
[Times files (2011)]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.