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A proposal is once again in play to eliminate an untouched pool of state money set aside in 2014 to help build and renovate professional sports stadiums.

Tropicana Field will be transformed into a winter wonderland for more than a month leading up to Christmas.

Last month, the Tampa Bay Rays announced their plan to build a new baseball stadium in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood was dead. Now they're unveiling a new seating configuration at Tropicana Field.

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Last week, Tampa Bay Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said a plan to build a new baseball stadium in the Tampa neighborhood of Ybor City was dead.

The Wall Street investor and other team officials said it wasn’t clear where most of the estimated $892 million for a new ballpark would come from, but a University of South Florida sports marketing expert said Sternberg should shoulder much of the blame for the failure.

Parkland shooting photo: Leslie Ovalle, WLRN

This week on Florida Matters we’re hosting another edition of our monthly news roundtable.

We talk with a panel of journalists about some of the major news stories impacting our state, including last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead, a Democratic upset in a special election for Sarasota’s open state house seat, and the Tampa Bay Rays potential move to Ybor City.


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The Tampa Bay Rays launched a new website, BallparkReimagined.com, to gather your ideas and vision on what a new stadium should look like and include.

Their theme is "Different By Design" and it urges contributors to get creative with ideas that will not only “enhance” the ballpark but make it a community gathering place for generations to come.

The goal is to create: “An icon as distinct as we are,” states the website video.

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The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to move out of Tropicana Field. So now, the question is what should the city of St. Petersburg move onto the 85 acres where the “Trop” sits?

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Imagine a baseball park that is free and open to the public when no games are scheduled. Imagine real grass but with a roof to shield you from Florida’s frequent rain storms.

Those are just a few of the ideas and innovations Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld has in mind for a new stadium no matter where it gets built.

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The Tampa Bay Rays plan to launch a website soon that will let the public contribute their ideas, and feedback on what they'd like to include in a new ballpark.

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The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday said the Tampa Bay Rays can look for a new home in the Tampa Bay area.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have turned down the the city of St. Petersburg's proposal that would allow the team out of its Tropicana Field lease for an exit fee.

The arrangement would have let the team look outside the city to build a new stadium before its contract ends in 2027.

In exchange, the Rays would have had to pay $33 million if it left in 2020 for Hillsborough County, $16.5 for another site in Pinellas County, and nothing if it built elsewhere in the city.

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News that the Atlanta Braves may want to move its spring training facility to Pinellas County has caught the attention of Major League Baseball.

BitCoin Bowl St. Petersburg

There are eight college football bowl games across Florida, including the BitCoin St. Petersbug Bowl on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. between North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida.

It used to be called the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, sponsored by a familiar sports bar and restaurant that got its start in Brandon, Fla. Now, the college football bowl game played at Tropicana Field is called the BitCoin Bowl.

Beef O’Brady’s – most of us know that. But BitCoin?

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

It's a "big week," according to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn - an understatement for a man who may get all of his gifts well before the holidays this year.

Now that Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has unveiled his billion dollar "vision plan" for redeveloping the southern portion of downtown Tampa, Buckhorn is turning his focus to the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays could be part of his city's new look.

By the end of the week, the Tampa Bay Rays may be able to look for a new stadium site in Hillsborough County, thanks to a tentative deal reached with the city of St. Petersburg.

Mayor Rick Kriseman will talk about the agreement (which you can read through the slideshow above) he reached with the team at a 10 a.m. news conference today at Tropicana Field. The issue will likely be taken up by the St. Pete City Council at its meeting Thursday.

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Six years after saying they wanted to explore alternative sites to downtown St. Petersburg for a new ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays still are in search of a location.

“Tampa is obviously very, very attractive on the list, and we expect to at some point, hopefully sooner, look there as well as some other parts of the region,” Rays owner Stuart Stern­berg said Tuesday during a panel at the MLB Diversity Business Summit.

The next mayor of St. Petersburg won't have any shortage of issues he'll have to handle. At the top of that list is what to do about the Tampa Bay Rays wanting to leave Tropicana Field. Current Mayor Bill Foster recently retreated from his position of not negotiating with the team on its long-term lease. And Rick Kriseman has his own ideas on how to keep - and possibly negotiate an exit - for the team. They spoke recently at the Palladium.

Tampa Bay Rays Sell Out Likely at the Trop?

Oct 4, 2013
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The Tampa Bay Rays are currently in the thick of postseason play with their division rival Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. They will play Game 3 at Tropicana Field on Monday. The question is: Just how sizable will the crowd be? Rays fans are split on the topic. Phil Xanthoudakis says the Rays will sell out.

"I'm pretty sure it'll be a sell out," he said. "I doubt Rays fans won't show up for that game, especially against Boston."

Xanthoudakis adds that it only makes sense to show up to the game. He's been a Rays fan since the team was founded.

Businessman Works to 'Top Off the Trop'

Sep 18, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays are still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, but you wouldn't know from all the empty seats at Tropicana Field the past few nights.

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While it seemed like talks between St. Petersburg officials and the Tampa Bay Rays about the team's future in the Bay area were moving along, Mayor Bill Foster has thrown a curveball with a memo saying those talks aren't going so well.

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If the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg can't reach an agreement in their ongoing talks about a new stadium, Major League Baseball may become the self-appointed mediator.

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The Rays' baseball season may be over, but Tampa Bay residents still have a reason to flock to Tropicana Field this fall.

Starting Nov. 8, the Trop parking lot will host Cirque du Soliel's KOOZA under the big top tent. Today 14 additional performances were announced for the show, which now closes Dec. 9.

Watch: Protest at the Trop

Aug 27, 2012
Alex Cook

Delegates and reporters partied inside Tropicana Field Sunday night, officially kicking off the Republican National Convention.

Outside, protesters gathered to march in opposition.

Police worked with the protesters to keep them on the designated parade route, which led through abandoned streets to a chain link fence outside the baseball field's parking lot.  

The threat of Tropical Storm Isaac loomed, and it wasn't long until the protesters fled from the impending weather.

See the protest and march below.

The Tampa Bay Rays ownership can expect an official invitation soon from Hillsborough County.

Hillsborough Commissioners voted 5 to 2 Thursday to send a letter inviting the Rays organization to make a presentation on the team’s long-term interests, plans and goals to the board.

Commissioner Ken Hagan is calling for a regional discussion about the Rays future.

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What do you get when you combine America's favorite pastime with man's best friend? Bark in the Park.

Following the lead of many other baseball teams, the Tampa Bay Rays announced this week that on Aug. 5, Tropicana Field will host its first dog-friendly game.

During the 1:40 p.m. Rays-Oriels matchup, the stadium's tbt* Party Deck will be reserved for dogs and their owners.

Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays.

According to a Time magazine blog, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is the third worst sports stadium in the United States. 

On a list that includes such fabled facilities as L.A.'s Dodgers Stadium (10th worst) and Boston's Fenway Park (8th), the home of the Tampa Bay Rays finished behind only Long Island's Nassau Colliseum (nickname: Nassau Mausoleum and site of a government asbestos investigation) and the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis (site of a snow-induced roof collapse in 2010).