ST. PETERSBURG —
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred labeled his go to to Tropicana Subject as routine with no specific agenda. Nevertheless, the one factor anybody needed to speak about was a brand new Rays stadium.
St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan have been even available.
Manfred stated he has mentioned it with principal proprietor Stu Sternberg and that it is time to transfer this problem to the entrance burner in Tampa Bay.
“I’ve been fairly clear that they want a brand new facility right here,” stated Manfred in entrance of a crowded media availability. “A serious league high quality facility, in an A+ location.”
So does the Commish favor Pinellas or Hillsborough County?
“To start with I feel the necessary factor is and I hope everyone right here is concentrated on the thought that you really want the Rays in Tampa Bay broadly outlined.”
However he did slender in on the quantity of progress, or lack there of. The St. Petersburg Metropolis Council accredited on the lookout for new websites in January of 2016, however Manfred did not appear thrilled.
“You need to take a look at your options if nothing will get carried out,” stated Manfred. ” It’s a matter of dialogue within the business, the shortage of progress when it comes to shifting ahead.”
“No one needs it within the fallacious place and to not get carried out appropriately,” stated Sternberg. “If meaning ready a bit longer, we’ve waited this lengthy. That’s high quality. Because the commissioner says, the drum beat is getting louder.”
They Rays have been lengthy rumored to be leaving city. Does Sternberg nonetheless assume baseball might be profitable on this market — with the fitting website?
“Sure, or I might have bailed on this,” stated Sternberg. “I’ve had the chance to bail on this many occasions through the years. I gained’t say it’s a slam dunk. It’s definitely not. All of the extra cause to get it right”
Sternberg stated they’re right down to “only a few” potential websites in Pinellas and Hillsborough County. That quantity was within the teenagers once they began wanting.
Sternberg once more emphasised accessibility of the brand new website.
Regardless of the place they land, Sternberg additionally stated the need is to greater than double the group’s attendance. The Rays’ common attendance (15,800) is presently final within the majors, with Wednesday’s crowd for the sport towards Toronto was eight,264 — the bottom since September 2006.