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Rays Stadium Debate

  1. New stadium talks to ramp up between city, Tampa Bay Rays

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Now that the Tampa Bay Rays have wrapped up their season, talks between the city and the team should become more substantive, Mayor Rick Kriseman's chief of staff, Kevin King, said Monday.

  2. Bill Gates investment fund will partner with Vinik on Channelside

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Bill Gates' riches will help fuel Jeff Vinik's vision.

    Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, right, is partnering with an investment fund controlled by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, left, to develop a master plan for 24 acres Vinik owns around Amalie Arena. [AP photo, WILL VRAGOVIC | Times]
  3. With other ideas in the mix, Tampa money not guaranteed for Rays stadium

    Local

    TAMPA — Mayor Bob Buckhorn raised his city's profile in the discussion about the future of the Tampa Bay Rays by saying in 2011 that City Hall could, in theory, contribute up to $100 million toward a new ballpark in downtown Tampa.

  4. Jeff Vinik proposes office building north of Times Forum

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's vision for the Channel District is coming into focus, and it includes bringing in hundreds of white-collar workers along with tourists and sports fans.

    Jeff Vinik’s team has mentioned Syniverse as a possibility.
  5. Window closing for Tampa Bay Rays stadium in Carillon Business Park

    Growth

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. City officials consider spending millions of dollars for Tropicana Field roof repairs

    Economic Development

    ST. PETERSBURG

    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)]
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.