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Rays Stadium Debate

Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite Thursday's failed City Council vote. [Times]

Rays' Matt Silverman: Talks with St. Petersburg will continue despite failed vote on stadium deal

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite a failed City Council vote. Silverman said he expects talks with the city to continue "as we work toward an agreeable outcome." ... ST. PETERSB …


St. Petersburg City Council rejects Rays stadium search deal

ST. PETERSBURG — The stadium standoff continues. Baseball's uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated and — if possible — more testy. The St. Petersburg Cit …


Romano: City Council says no to Rays deal with potential development windfall

The deal is off the table, and you should blame City Council members. You might also want to praise them. For, in baseball terms, they got a save. An issue raised by St. Petersb …


  1. Latest Tampa Bay Rays stadium search proposal appears dead

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay's five-year stalemate over a new baseball stadium continues — with no obvious end in sight.

    Tampa Bay Rays president Brian Auld addresses the St. Petersburg City Council in December as Mayor Rick Kriseman, left, looks on. The council voted 5-3 against a proposal to let the Rays explore possible stadium sites in Hillsborough County. The mayor has decided against bringing a new proposal to the council this week.
  2. Kriseman's latest effort to let Tampa Bay Rays look for a new stadium site


    ST. PETERSBURG — A revised agreement between Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays was sent on Friday to the City Council, but hopes are dimming a deal will be reached any time soon.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman thinks the Rays may leave the region if his plan doesn’t get support.
  3. Commissioner Rob Manfred calm on Rays stadium issue

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — Rob Manfred did lots of talking Thursday during the first visit by a commissioner to Rays spring training camp in 18 years, taking questions from players on pace-of-game changes and marketing initiatives, meeting with top team officials and conducting a series of interviews.

    New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks with Rays pitcher Chris Archer. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
  4. Sternberg fears stadium search delay could threaten Rays' area future

    The Heater

    PORT CHARLOTTE — What Tampa officials and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik are plotting for downtown Tampa looks good to Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg. Great, actually.

  5. Tampa Bay Rays president moves past public stumble before City Council

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Forty-two seconds was all it took for Brian Auld to make a bad first impression on greater St. Petersburg.

    Rays president Brian Auld holds up his 1-year-old, Jack, at Fan Fest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Feb. 21. At left is his wife, Molly. His meeting with City Council in December derailed, for now, the team’s plan to expand a search for stadium sites.
  6. Rays owner vows stadium search by 2022, with or without St. Pete's okay


    ST. PETERSBURG — As hundreds of Tampa Bay Rays fans flooded Tropicana Field's plastic turf Saturday, Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said he'll seek a replacement stadium no later than 2022 — with or without permission from St. Petersburg.

    Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says he’ll seek a replacement stadium no later than 2022, even without permission from the city.
  7. Two paths in St. Pete on new Rays stadium

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — If nothing else, a City Council workshop Thursday confirmed that St. Petersburg's approach to the Tampa Bay Rays is running on two distinct paths.

  8. What is Tropicana Field worth if Tampa Bay Rays leave? That depends

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — If the Tampa Bay Rays leave Tropicana Field, how much would the property sell for?

    The sale of the Tropicana Field property would include stadium demolition and environmental cleanup.
  9. Hillsborough officials quietly hired law firm with ties to baseball

    Local Government

    TAMPA — One of the most notable steps Hillsborough County has taken toward its desire to woo the Tampa Bay Rays to the county was also one of the quietest: County commissioners in October agreed to hire Foley & Lardner, a law firm with extensive ties to Major League Baseball and a partner who is a former MLB …

    The Tampa Bay Rays’ contract with St. Petersburg binds the team to city-owned Tropicana Field until 2027. The team has insisted it needs a new stadium and has pushed to look outside the city.
  10. Tampa Bay Downs group reaches deal to buy Tampa Greyhound


    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement to buy the Tampa Greyhound Track facility in what the horse track characterizes as a pre-emptive move.