The Tampa Bay Rays might be getting a fancy new ballpark!

posted by Sarah Jacobs -

The Tampa Bay Rays held a press conference today announcing a proposed plan for a new stadium across the bay in Tampa. 

The facility in the historic Ybor City neighborhood would be the smallest in Major League Baseball, with a capacity of 30,842, and would feature a fixed, translucent roof to keep out the inevitable Florida rain (smart!). The team would like it to open in 2023. 

The entire project is budgeted at $892 million, including infrastructure costs, with the stadium itself forecast at $809 million. It remains unclear how much the team is willing to contribute. 

I REALLY hope that this plan includes solutions for the inevitable traffic nightmare that will ensue! That area is already very congested, so I hope they're planning for that! The proposed design is really pretty...but I'll personally miss the stadium being in St Pete. It's a much shorter drive from my house, with lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance for pre- or post-game pitstops.

[Sporting News]

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