Official Tries to Ensure Tampa Ballpark Site Remains Available if Rays move
Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Ken Hagan has asked the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, Jeff Vinik, to consider a Rays stadium on land he partly owns across from the Forum in downtown Tampa. Vinik is a partner with a Colorado-based investment group in at least 14 acres across from the Forum, and he’s been planning a large-scale development project there. Hagan said he asked Vinik’s group not to make any plans until the Rays’ standoff with St. Petersburg is resolved. Hagan said he’s not committed to Vinik’s property, which sits on each side of Caesar Street and just north of Channelside Drive, but wants to have several potential stadium sites available in case the Rays come knocking
TAMPA - Even as stadium talks between St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Rays stall, one Hillsborough County official is trying to ensure that a leading potential ballpark site remains available if the Rays ever decide to move across the bay.