The Tampa Bay Rays will be making their new home in Ybor City 🙂
So last Wednesday the Rays unveiled a new logo, hats, and even a new sandwich. Then on Friday, the Rays have finally announced the new site, Ybor City!
Now just one tiny little issue… how does one acquire $600-700 million.
Where is it?
14 acres, with Channelside Drive on the west, 4th Avenue on the north, 15th Street on the east, and Adamo Drive on the south, with the elevated Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway just above Adamo.
Well since the words and logo for Tampa Bay Rays 2020, the name of the nonprofit that (for complicated legal reasons) had to acquire the land for a stadium site to be proposed we can imagine something is going to happen around that time. All speculation from that point on.
No reps from the team or city gave a clue to when they aspire to open but the Tampa Bay Times is projecting an opening in 2022 or 2023. For what ever that is worth :-p
How much and who’s paying?
Well, we don’t quite know that just yet. The newest MLB park, Atlanta’s Suntrust Park, cost about $650 million. So sure, lets go with that.
The Rays are on record from their last stadium proposal as saying that they will finance $150 million of any construction costs, but there is still a sizable funding gap.
You can read more about our unanswered stadium questions here.