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Retiring baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday the Tampa Bay Rays need a new stadium, but that any future changes are up to team management. (Wikimedia Commons)
Christina Brown July 16, 2014 at 04:25 pm
I have been a Rays fan for a long time. I have been in this stadium when the Rays lost almost everyRead More game and were not a "popular" team. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Tropicana Field. I personally love attending games there. So sad to see how people keep hating on the Trop. Hoping that the RAYS can maybe upgrade the suites and seats and keep playing there! I see no benefit to moving or building a new stadium anywhere else. For the people who will not drive from Hillsborough County shame on you. I drive and also have season tickets to the LIGHTNING and I just don't understand!
Inky's Mom July 16, 2014 at 06:40 pm
I agree with you Christina. In the middle of summer, you can catch a game at the Trop, which is tempRead More controlled to 72 degrees. Way better than sweating your butt off in another stadium. Some upgrades, sure, but I do not see the correlation between the Trop and low attendance. It takes time for transplants to Tampa Bay to appreciate the local team instead of the one they watched in the town from which they came. Tampa is not the answer...they are Yankee fans and won't attend Rays games in Tampa any more than the Bucs draw.
Zack Mitchell July 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm
The Trop could use some upgrades but a new stadium? Like Miami? So we could go from 30th to 27th inRead More attendance? And does Miami's stadium have the baseball umph? The Trop doesn't have that 'outdoor' baseball feel but bake your brains out at a late spring training game and see how your baseball umph feels.
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Alan Vanderbilt June 11, 2014 at 07:13 pm
Parents ruin sports..
sportsnut July 14, 2014 at 07:39 am
Alan I agree. Parents coach to get their kids and kids friends a leg up. Kids are choosen too basedRead More on parents and kids being friends. Take AAU and All-Stars and positions in each sport. Parents coach because they want their kid in prime positions, kids are friends with certain kids or because a family does not like someone but the kid has talent not playing. You need "out of area" coaches to come and determine if a kid is "that good" to be at the next level not "locals" whom coach because that is the only way the kid will get playing time.
CowDung July 23, 2014 at 10:20 am
sportsnut: Seems like a perfect opportunity for you to get involved in coaching... If nothingRead More else, becoming a coach will give you a voice in the league to lobby for equal playing time for all kids, and rotation of positions--particularly at the lower levels.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria during spring training. Credit: Patch
Rabbi Jason Rosenberg August 8, 2013 at 08:55 am
Well, of COURSE a move across the bay would be better for the Rays. No one debates that. There areRead More two questions, though: 1) Why would St. Pete's let them out of their lease at the Trop? The organization signed a lease, and now they want out of it. But, the city is under no obligation to comply. If they stand to lose the money from the deal, what's their incentive to let them go? 2) What would it mean for Hillsborough/Tampa to "lure" them across the Bay? No doubt that means public funding for a new stadium, tax breaks and such. I don't understand why cities are willing to heavily subsidize billionaires in their profitable businesses. I REALLY don't understand why taxpayers are supportive of the idea. Personally, I'd love to see the Rays play on this side of the Bay, but I don't want to see my taxes go towards making that happen. [By the way, if you're going to say that it's good for the economy -- every serious, independent study shows that publicly funded sports venues don't bring in much more money; they just shift it around. And, if you're going to say that, if we don't do this, we'll lose the Rays to another city, then name that city. There aren't many/any feasible location sites in this country.]
Marti Ambriole Woznicki August 15, 2013 at 07:41 am
We'd love to have the Rays on this side of the Bay, traffic over the bride is always a nightmareRead More after the game
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