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Retiring baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday the Tampa Bay Rays need a new stadium, but that any future changes are up to team management. (Wikimedia Commons)
RAJ (Bo) McMerritt July 16, 2014 at 02:55 pm
have been to a few stadiums including the Trop..it just doesn't feel like a baseball stadium and itsRead More not the indoor outdoor thing, it just does not have the umph...
Christina Brown July 16, 2014 at 04:25 pm
I have been a Rays fan for a long time. I have been in this stadium when the Rays lost almost everyRead More game and were not a "popular" team. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Tropicana Field. I personally love attending games there. So sad to see how people keep hating on the Trop. Hoping that the RAYS can maybe upgrade the suites and seats and keep playing there! I see no benefit to moving or building a new stadium anywhere else. For the people who will not drive from Hillsborough County shame on you. I drive and also have season tickets to the LIGHTNING and I just don't understand!
Inky's Mom July 16, 2014 at 06:40 pm
I agree with you Christina. In the middle of summer, you can catch a game at the Trop, which is tempRead More controlled to 72 degrees. Way better than sweating your butt off in another stadium. Some upgrades, sure, but I do not see the correlation between the Trop and low attendance. It takes time for transplants to Tampa Bay to appreciate the local team instead of the one they watched in the town from which they came. Tampa is not the answer...they are Yankee fans and won't attend Rays games in Tampa any more than the Bucs draw.
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CowDung May 30, 2014 at 08:51 am
Please take your commercials someplace else.
Alan Vanderbilt June 11, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Parents ruin sports..
sportsnut July 14, 2014 at 07:39 am
Alan I agree. Parents coach to get their kids and kids friends a leg up. Kids are choosen too basedRead More on parents and kids being friends. Take AAU and All-Stars and positions in each sport. Parents coach because they want their kid in prime positions, kids are friends with certain kids or because a family does not like someone but the kid has talent not playing. You need "out of area" coaches to come and determine if a kid is "that good" to be at the next level not "locals" whom coach because that is the only way the kid will get playing time.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria during spring training. Credit: Patch
Inky's Mom August 7, 2013 at 10:58 am
I still think it takes generations for a Florida team to 'catch on'. Many Floridians are from otherRead More states and still support their home teams. Look at the backing the damn Yankees get in Tampa from all those transplanted New Yorkers. I don't think a Rays' move to Tampa is going to help, and I'll bet Foster thinks that also. The Bucs rarely fill the stadium. And Rays' attendance is growing, re the sell-out crowd this past week against the Diamondbacks. There is nothing wrong with the Trop...just fans need time to come around. Corporate sponsors in Tampa should be wooed, as that is another problem; obviously there are more of them in Tampa than St. Pete. At the very least, I hope they work to keep the Rays in Pinellas County and let Tampa keep the Bucs.
sparky August 7, 2013 at 11:15 am
Saw Foster in the Debate last night. The guy has serious health issues and it was obvious onRead More television. I have to question if he can even lead if this health continues to deteriorate. This sudden Rays thing is just another of his efforts to make political hay and obscure 3.5 years of inaction in every direction. What about the red light moratorium- it was not even mentioned? Foster plans to put it back in if he is elected. By the moratorium he has taken it out of play in the election...Lets see how that works...we hire a company to do red light cameras and give them a cut so they rig the lights and St. Pete makes $23000 a week working with crooks....Nice Mr. Mayor....makes A-Rod's problems look so small and hey...how about those Rays....
CJ August 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm
We are new here, but unless I have heard it all wrong...it was ''St Petersburg'', not Tampa, thatRead More worked so hard to get The Rays here when they were an expansion team. This present dilemma started when ownership of The Rays changed recently. Obviously, the old owner was loyal to and appreciated St Petersburg and how they were the city who even got The Rays here in the first place. All this talk of The Rays moving is all about what the ''new owner'' wants. And he can and ''will'' do whatever he wants to do...including possibly moving the team to a completely different part of the country. Contracts or no contracts. There are plenty of rich people out there that it would be pocket change paying off any financial contracts obligations The Rays have if that rich person wanted a MLB team. The point is...the Mayor has ''no choice'' but to change his stance on this issue. He ''must'' allow The Rays new owner to move the team to Tampa, or north Pinellas County, etc, if he wants to. As it already is...the tension between the new owner and St Pete/Tampa area is so great...that he is already probably considering just taking the team to some other state. That leaves a best case scenario for The Mayor to now do whatever it takes to keep The Rays in our area. The big mystery in all this is how does the new owner think Tampa is the answer to the low attendance problems he is concerned about? Tampa can't even fill the seats at Bucs games. The Bucs leads the NFL in games blocked out on TV dues to low ticket sales. Does anyone think Tampa will sell more Rays tickets than St Pete? What does Tampa have to show that to be true? In Tampa and St Petersburg were smart...they would see this as an opportunity to build a new world class domed stadium to give a home to both the Bucs and Rays. Of course, even that idea leaves The Trop left out. As a St Pete resident I see the loss of The Rays in The Trop as painful as The Pier being shut down. I can only imagine the additional pain the locals felt when they lost The Strom and The Lightning to Tampa already. What is going on here in St Pete? Why is St Pete losing so many iconic things? Somebody explain this to me, please. Why can't The Trop itself be vastly improved or it torn down and a new World Class stadium be built where it sits. Or...why can't the attendance problem at The Trop for Rays games be fixed? I read somewhere that the new owner would be satisfied staying at The Trop if the attendance could average only about 1 or 2 thousand more season ticket holders. That does not sem like tha ahrd of a problem to fix. Especially with how downtown St Pete, and all along Central.... is becoming such a fun place to go. Does this City have a problem marketing itself? It seems like it. I picked up the main tourist brochure for Downtown St Petersburg the other day. It is 50 pages. (DiscoverDowntown.com) It says Summer 2013, but the last event in it is for July 27th. Here it is near the middle of August...and no new edition is out yet. This should be unacceptable to the citizens and business owners here.
FILE: The rays touch tank inside the Tropicana Field is a popular feature with young fans. Credit: Patch
Dizzy Lizzy July 11, 2013 at 01:23 pm
No, PETA is being silly. There are a zillion rays tanks round the world that don't get half as muchRead More care as those rays do.
julnjoe July 13, 2013 at 08:27 am
There are thousands of people in the stands. They might get hit with a ball too.
Inky's Mom July 13, 2013 at 02:49 pm
I think we should let the rays be and put them back into their environment. How would you like to beRead More on display in a tank and have a zillion kids petting you? We act like we own all the life force in the world, and in reality, it is not a natural or happy life for the rays. FREE THE RAYS!!!!
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