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KRISEMAN MEETS WITH RAYS ON STADIUM

In what was described as a "very productive" gathering, Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Bay Rays president Matt Silverman met Friday afternoon to discuss the ongoing stadium stalemate.

The mayor offered few specifics, saying that both sides had agreed to keep the details of their conversations confidential.

Since taking office in January, Kriseman said, he has worked to rebuild a relationship with the Rays that had deteriorated under former Mayor Bill Foster.

"The bottom line is there was a breakdown that occurred," he said. "What I've learned is that if you can't trust the person on the other side of the table, it makes it very difficult."

The team has long wanted to explore stadium possibilities in Tampa, but their lease with the city runs through 2027. Rays officials have argued that Tropicana Field is outdated and a key reason the team draws crowds that rank among the smallest in Major League Baseball.

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