Swashy wrote:Phantom Phenom wrote:Officials on Tuesday released 10 potential sites for a new major league baseball stadium.
Rays have played at same location since 1998
Largest proposed site is 135 acres
Bay News 9 reporter Cait McVey has more later today
County Administrator Mark Woodard was scheduled to brief Pinellas County commissioners at a 2 p.m. meeting.
The Tampa Bay Rays have played at Tropicana Field since their expansion debut in 1998.
The proposed sites include a 135-acre location on Gandy Boulevard North along with a pair of 20-acre sites -- the former Sunshine Speedway site in Pinellas Park and a location at the corner of U.S. 19 N and Bellair Road.
The team's current location on Tropicana Drive was also listed among the 10 choices.
County officials hope to keep the team on the Pinellas side of the bay.
The other proposed locations are:
- The southwest corner of 118th Avenue North and 49th Street in Pinellas Park
- The 3500 block of 126th Avenue
- The 13000 block of Stonybrook Drive
- The southwest corner of U.S. Highway 19 North and Belleair Road
- The 19000 block of U.S. Highway 19 North
- Forest Lake Boulevard South and Race Track Road (O5ldsmar)
Officials broke down the 10 proposed locations by businesses and employees in the area, median income and the drive time to each site.
Bay News 9 reporter Cait McVey will have updates later today on-air and online.
You can read the county report by clicking here.
Saw a special this morning on that. I really hope it was worth it for Bill Foster and the city of St. Pete to spend 4 years cockblocking the entire process when so many of these proposed sites are in Pinellas after FINALLY being given a chance to look in Hillsborough as well.
It bothers me to no end that with even a LITTLE bit of cooperation we could have had a new ballpark by now or being built. At worst the Rays would likely be wrapping up the final political details on how to pay for it and we would have a definitive timeline.
Every single one of those sites are crap. This coming from a St. Pete resident, put the damn thing in Tampa.