Tampa Bay Rays Want to Build Waterfront Baseball Park

TAMPA BAY RAYS DROP ‘DEVIL’; READY TO DROP THE TROP?: Now that Tampa Bay has dropped the “Devil” from its Rays name, are they also ready to drop the Trop?

Tampa Bay Rays mascot Jenn Sterger

The ST. PETERSBURG TIMES reports that the club has plans to build a new waterfront park to replace Tropicana Field.The $450 million stadium would be developed on the current site of Al Lang Field, a long-time spring training facility. The new digs would be similar in style to San Francisco’s Pac Bell SBC AT&T Park.

Of course, there’s the little matter of acquiring the land, since it’s public property, and having the public approve the sale. Also, there’s some money matters to consider, with the team hoping the Florida state legislature okays the use of sales tax reveunes for developing the park.

Tropicana Field

And let’s not forget the Rays’ lease at the Trop that runs until 2027. But by then, all the other concerns should be resolved. Maybe.