ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A new ballpark for the Tampa Bay Rays will be built near
the current one under plans unveiled Monday as part of a massive redevelopment
project that also includes affordable housing, office space and retail in what w
as once a thriving Black neighborhood.
Mayor Ken Welch of St. Petersburg, Florida, chose a partnership between the Rays
and the Houston-based Hines development company from among four proposals to tr
ansform an 86-acre (34-hectare) downtown site where Tropicana Field now sits. We
lch said the plan should keep the Rays in St. Petersburg for the long term.
Rays president Brian Auld, who attended the mayor's event, said in a brief inter
view it is "a thrill" to see the project take a major step forward.
The plan calls for a new domed stadium to be ready for the 2028 season opener; t
he Rays' current stadium lease is up in 2027. Renderings indicate the old stadiu
m would be demolished.
Details remain to be worked out over the next several years, including how to fi
nance the project among the Rays, the city, Pinellas County and other entities.
Welch, who is St. Petersburg's first Black mayor, emphasized that a key goal is
to restore a majority Black neighborhood known as the Gas Plant District that wa
s ousted by the stadium and a highway.
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2F推 Anakin: 因為現在周邊開發也是他們的 01/31 19:58
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