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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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Rays to Hold Ballpark Unveiling Event Next Week, Site Now Eligible for Federal Tax Breaks

The Rays are planning a media event for Tuesday in Ybor City (FL) in which they are expected to present design renderings of the proposed new stadium and some information regarding costs.  Read more here.  The work likely got easier with the targeted site’s recent designation as a federal economic opportunity zone under the tax-cut legislation passed into law last December.  Read more here.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Debate State Money for Proposed New Rays Ballpark

If three of the four Democrats running for governor win in November, the Tampa Bay Rays shouldn’t bother asking the state for money to help build a new ballpark in Ybor City.  Read more here.

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