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No More Upper Deck Seating for Rays Games

The Tampa Bay Rays, who ranked next to last in the majors in attendance last season, are eliminating more than 10,000 seats in the upper deck in an effort to create a more “intimate” experience for fans at Tropicana Field.  The Rays also indicated that will would add a premium seating section in the lower level.  Read more here.

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Rays Ybor City Ballpark Plan Dead

Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said the plan to build a stadium in Ybor City (FL) is no longer viable but the team remains committed, for now, to looking again for a new home in the Tampa Bay area.  Read more here.

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Rays Buying Rowdies

The Tampa Bay Rays struck a deal to buy the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer club they say was made only to get into the soccer business and has no connection to the effort to find new home for their baseball team.  The deal includes at least short-term control of downtown waterfront Al Lang Stadium.  Read more here.

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Rays Seek Ballpark Financing Structure Before Deadline

The Tampa Bay Rays are pushing Hillsborough officials to present a financing “structure” for a new ballpark before its deal to look for a home outside of St. Petersburg runs out Dec. 31.  Read more here.

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Clear Sailing for Fly Balls in Proposed New Rays Ballpark

The roof at the Tampa Bay Rays’ proposed ballpark in Ybor City is about the same height at its peak — 230 feet, give or take — as at Tropicana Field, but the similarities end there.  Read more here.

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Possible Passenger Rail Service Nearby for Proposed Ybor City Ballpark

Brightline, a firm bidding to build a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, is already scouting sites for a terminus, which could put rail service within walking distance of a new Tampa Bay Rays ballpark proposed for Ybor City and spur heated development in the area.  Read more here.

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Rays Unveil Ybor City Ballpark Design

The Tampa Bay Rays today unveiled plans for an Ybor City stadium that has see-through walls, a fixed translucent roof enclosed, and integrated into the neighborhood with an evolving design.  Read more here.  Learn more details here.

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