Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Lower attendance numbers, and fewer events at the Trop, added $221,000 to the 2012 budget shortfall.
In 2010 attendance was up at Tropicana Field with more than 1.8 people walking through the turnstiles. High ticket sales aren't just good for the Rays; it is good for the city of St. Petersburg. With each ticket sold, the city gets a tiny slice of the pie. Since 2010 the city has set that 2010 attendance number as the baseline ticket revenue expectation. However, in that time span attendance has been down, which means the taxpayer subsidy for the Trop increases. During a Monday Budget, Finance and Taxation Committee meeting, city council learned that lower attendance numbers, and fewer events at the Trop, added $221,000 to the 2012 budget shortfall. In 2012, the Tampa Bay Rays ranked dead last in Major League Baseball in attendance …
Monday, October 29, 2012
On Friday, Mayor Bill Foster sent a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays saying the team could not seek a stadium site in Tampa.
Last week, St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster sent a letter to the Rays ownership stating it would be a breach of contract if he allowed the Rays to talk with Hillsborough officials about moving the team to Tampa. He encouraged ownership to continue seek a St. Pete stadium or in the gateway area. Foster said the city will only negotiate with the team for a St. Pete location or in the Gateway area, which is the site of a proposed stadium by CityScape.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Mayor Bill Foster sent a letter to the Tampa Bay Rays Friday stating that the team cannot look for a stadium location in Hillsborough County.
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has shot down a request by the Tampa Bay Rays to explore options for a new stadium in Hillsborough County. In a letter to Stuart Sternberg, owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, Mayor Bill Foster said that by the terms and spirit of the contract, the team cannot look for a new stadium location in Hillsborough County. Foster said the city will only negotiate with the team for a St. Pete location or in the Gateway area, which is the site of a proposed stadium by CityScape. In the letter, Foster writes: "At this point, the only way to adequately preserve the interests of the people of St. Petersburg is to leave the Use, Management and Operation Agreement intact, and the City will not agree, by affirmative act or …
Friday, September 28, 2012
CityScape presented its proposal for a new Rays stadium to be built west of the Howard Frankland Bridge, in Pinellas County.
As momentum builds in the Rays 2012 post-season chase, a local developer seeks to build momentum for a 35,000-seat Rays baseball stadium in Carillon Park. The cost could range from $424 million to $574 million, with private financing or a combination of public and private financing as options, organizers said Friday during a presentation at the Hilton Carillon. Developers Darryl LeClair and CityScape presented their plan for the “Rays Park at Carillon,” in front of the St. Petersburg City Council, Pinellas County Commission and members of the Rays organization. “We believe it is important to have a regional discussion about Major League Baseball, because the Tampa Bay Rays are a regional asset,” LeClair said Friday afternoon at the Hilton …
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 August, the Council voted 7-1 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 …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The pet food drive will take place at Sept. 20 at Tropicana Field before the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox.
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Monday, September 17, 2012
The Tampa Bay Rays and Pet Pal Animal Shelter are partnering for a pet food drive at Tropicana Field on Thursday, Sept. 20 during the Rays-Red Sox game at 7:10 p.m. According to a Rays news release, fans are encouraged to bring Science Diet brands, or other nutritious dog and cat food to assist the Pet Pal Animal Shelter community. The collection points are located inside the rotunda at Gate 1 and at Gate 5 of Tropicana Field. The Rays Wives and volunteers from the shelter will staff the collection points from when gates open until the end of the 2nd inning, a news release said. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is a no-kill, nonprofit organization committed to rescuing dogs and cats from animal shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
On Thursday, Sept. 20 the Rays will host Star Trek night as the Rays take on the Boston Red Sox.
OK Trekkies, the Tampa By Rays are providing you a night where you can geek out and cheer on your hometown team at the same time. The Tampa Bay Rays will host Star Trek Night at Tropicana Field on Thursday, Sept. 20 during the Rays-Red Sox game at 7:10 p.m., according to the Rays. There will be Star Trek themed activities throughout the night, including Star Trek characters—Klingons, Star Fleet officers and more—in the press level area of Tropicana Field throughout the game, according to a news release. Trekkies are encouraged to come dressed in their best Trek attire. For more information and to purchase the STAR TREK ticket package, you can log on to raysbaseball.com/startrek. The $29 package includes a ticket in the press level …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
City Council will consider hosting the Rays Stadium proposal from CityScape at the Hilton Hotel Carillon Park.
A hotel in the proposed area for a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays has invited city officials its space to host the presentation about the new stadium. In August, city council voted 7-1 to allow CityScape and Darryl LeClair to present a plan for a new Rays stadium in the Carillon business park, which is just west of the Howard Franklin Bridge. “What this does, we believe, is protect the integrity of our use agreement,” City Attorney John Wolfe of the city's agreement with the Rays before the August vote. “It allows you to hear a proposal form the developer, but not allow them to talk to the Rays directly.” That vote, Wolfe said, allows for the CityScape to present its proposal to the city without allowing them to present it directly …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
City Council voted 7-1 to hear a proposal from CityScape about a new baseball stadium in St. Petersburg.
As the future of the Rays in St. Pete remains in question, City Council voted Thursday to meet with CityScape, who is the company proposing to build a new baseball stadium in the Gateway area of St. Petersburg. The council voted 7-1 in favor of a resolution that said the city would not sue Darryl LeClair and CityScape for presenting its plan to council for a new Rays stadium. The location for the proposed stadium would in be Carillon business park, which is just west of the Howard Franklin Bridge. “What this does, we believe, is protect the integrity of our use agreement,” City Attorney John Wolfe of the city's agreement with the Rays. “It allows you to hear a proposal form the developer, but not allow them to talk to the Rays directly.” …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
On Tuesday, the Pinellas County Commission voted to have a meeting with the Rays in hopes of keeping the team in Pinellas County.
On Tuesday, the Pinellas County Commission voted to have a meeting with the management of Tampa Bay Rays in hopes of keeping the team in Pinellas County. According to the Tampa Bay Times, the vote came after recent actions taken by Hillsborough County and Tampa to attract the Rays across the bay. Mayor Bill Foster, the Times reported, gave the county the push it needed to take action. "Pinellas County administrator Bob LaSala said the invitation came in response to comments made by St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster in a Tampa Bay Times story about Hillsborough's overtures to the Rays. Foster characterized it as "outside interference" into a matter that should be kept between the baseball team, his city and Pinellas County. Never before, …