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Rays unveil their plans for an Ybor City
ballpark: All our coverage of the stadium

Tampa Bay Times, by Jack Paciotti

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Posted By:Hazymac, 7/11/2018 10:24:18 AM

Highlights: Cost: The estimated price tag for the entire project is $892 million. The ballpark itself is projected to cost $809 million and related infrastructure — including a parking garage and a pedestrian bridge over nearby Adamo Drive — is pegged at $83 million. The cost of the stadium includes one of its standout features, a translucent roof expected to cost almost $245 million. Capacity: The proposed ballpark will seat 28,216 people. Add in standing areas, and the total capacity will be 30,842. That would be the fewest seats of any Major League Baseball venue. By comparison, the latest configuration of Tropicana

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What was the Thunderdome--now Tropicana Field--was built years before the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (aka the Tampa Bay Rays) team was ever established. The catwalks above the field can interfere with flyballs. Mostly, Ybor would be a better location. Gorgeous plan. May it come to pass.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: strike3, 7/11/2018 10:34:09 AM     (No. 11690591)

All of that money for a silly game that involves hitting a ball with a stick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dvc, 7/11/2018 10:42:09 AM     (No. 11690608)

As long as the team pays for it, fine. Should get no public funding.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Davids918, 7/11/2018 10:45:15 AM     (No. 11690613)

That doesn´t even sound like a major league ballpark, more like a Triple A sized park.

Should be at 45,000 seat capacity, IMO.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Avikingman, 7/11/2018 10:50:11 AM     (No. 11690617)

Translucent roof?

Can´t see the fly balls.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 7/11/2018 11:23:45 AM     (No. 11690663)

Pretty small.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/11/2018 11:50:07 AM     (No. 11690698)

#4´s reply caught my attention. Most ballparks don´t have roofs, so how do outfielders catch flyballs when they play outside, gazing into Mr. Sun? I guess that´s an insoluble stumper. The bill of a ballcap won´t do. If no solution is found, flyballs will be bouncing off players´ faces, causing concussions and opposing runs to score. As is well known, that happens all the time in outdoor ballparks now. Outfielders are at a loss. What to do? Maybe take a cue from Sonny Crockett and don the Foster Grants? Why didn´t I think of that?

Forget it, the new ballpark is a bad idea anyway. It´ll never work. Toronto wants their Expos back. /s

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Reply 7 - Posted by: kono, 7/11/2018 11:50:39 AM     (No. 11690700)

Not quite, #1 -- All that money for one of society´s major forms of entertainment.

#4 seems to imply that fly balls turn invisible when the game is played outdoors...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 7/11/2018 1:27:47 PM     (No. 11690809)

Pretty cagey on who will foot the bill. Also no mention of eminent domain to get all the needed land parcels. I suspect that the local taxpayer is expected to pay for this architectural wonder.

Btw, the boys of summer, do they like playing in FL summer heat and humidity? Do the fans? I guess the dome implies that there will be air conditioning. Sweet, but those electric bills will be high. Too bad Duke Power decommissioned the Crystal River Nuke plant.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 7/11/2018 1:56:00 PM     (No. 11690856)

#4, #6, It happened before when the Astrodome first opened. It was the glare caused by the glass panels in the roof. It required a large section of the glass roof panels to be painted.

Which, in turn, reduced the amount of sunlight entering the stadium killing the grass. Which, in turn, resulted in one of the worst ideas of the 1960s and 1970s - AstroTurf.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/11/2018 1:57:10 PM     (No. 11690860)

Temperature in the roofed Tropicana Field, the Rays´ current home, is a year round 72°, most comfortable for baseball fans and players alike. Haven´t been to the Marlins´ stadium in Miami, but cannot imagine it would be other than air conditioned. It´s not the Florida heat that´s oppressive--it gets far hotter in Tennessee in summer, 108 in Memphis in recent years--it´s the Hugh Mitty Tee.

As for the funding--and just speaking for myself, baseball fan, since I hardly ever support tax increases--I wouldn´t be opposed to a one cent or less bump in the sales tax to keep our Major League team in the area. That´s probably what it´s going to take.

There are intangibles alongside the financial benefits of having professional sports franchises locally. As #7 said, it´s entertainment, and as fun as it is to sit at home at sports bar in front of the flat screen, nothing beats being there. The Ybor City location is near the I-4 and I-75 (and highways 41, 60, and 301) junction, easily accessible from Orlando, Sarasota, Ocala, or even Naples or Gainesville. It´s all interstate.

The current location in South St. Pete, built a decade before the team was established, isn´t even convenient to most who live in the same county, and approaching from the south involves going over the Sunshine Skyway and dealing with traffic and toll booths. Interstates and major highways are better set up to handle 10,000+ cars (typically, Bucs football games in Tampa would pull in many more than a baseball game. 16 games versus 162.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/12/2018 1:36:18 AM     (No. 11691504)

Unless someone else is paying, I object to the amount of money cities are paying to appease "ball" players. Before the stadiums are paid for they want something bigger and better. When they move on, the area usually declines.
Remember Baseball City?

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