New Rays Stadium Plan Unveiled Today

At 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, a local group proposing to build a new Rays stadium will give a presentation at the Hilton St. Petersburg in the Carillon Park area.

St. Petersburg residents can get a glimpse of a proposed Tampa Bay Rays stadium today, when a presentation is made at the Hilton St. Petersburg, in the Carillon Park area. 

The St. Petersburg City Council will hear a presentation from Darryl LeClair and CityScape about developing a stadium in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg. The public is welcome to attend the presentation, which stats at 1:30 p.m.

 in favor of an unusual resolution that pledged that the city would not sue LeClair and CityScape for presenting its Rays stadium plan.

Whether the plan will be welcomed by the public is another question. In a recently released survey from StPetePolls, a majority of respondents (57.9 percent) said they do not want a stadium in the Gateway area of St. Pete. 

Because the Rays' lease with the city has not expired, CityScape cannot have negotiations or talks with the Rays. 

The City Council vote allowed the city council to hear the presentation. 

“What this does, we believe, is protect the integrity of our use agreement,” said City Attorney John Wolfe about the city's agreement with the Rays prior to the August vote. “It allows you to hear a proposal form the developer, but (does) not allow them to talk to the Rays directly.”

Wolfe and the city administration fear that allowing the Rays to negotiate with stadium developers directly could lead to the Rays not only leaving St. Petersburg but also the entire Tampa Bay area. 

“The Rays and the Times want us to allow them to talk to Tampa,” Wolfe said in August. “All that does, if that provision is set aside or waived, both the Times and Tampa are really helping to allow the Rays to talk to anybody in the country.”

If you go

The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. today at the Hilton St. Petersburg, 950 Lake Carillon Dr. 

Red September 29, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Nuff said?
Rider September 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM
this really isn't a great location.......it's still focused on roads and cars to get to it, now...St Pete residents will have an increased distance to drive along with Sarasota residents, etc and the bridges from Tampa will be a problem....highly doubt that the Rays will wait years upon years for a light rail line to add to the mix.....nice looking stadium, though!
Tom Baynard September 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
The Rays make all the money and the Rays don't have to pay for it. Why wouldn't they want a new stadium? It creates excitement. Why don't they request a new stadium every ten years. Wow...that would be exciting.
Red October 02, 2012 at 02:37 PM
There's already high speed rail in China! We could out-source it to them! Sure, a bit further to drive but in ten years THEY could worry about the team owners wanting to get a new stadium. And think. .. ... no taxes! I bet construction costs might be a bit lower.
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