What’s Next After Rays and City Return to Negotiating Table?

Posted On 04/20/2021 by Matt Lettelleir

Last Thursday evening, City Council approved a resolution to pause further Tropicana Field Site redevelopment discussions until the end of the Rays season or until a deal is made to keep the Rays in St. Pete after 2028.

(More on that resolution and the series of events that brought us to this point can be found here and here)

So what does this mean going forward?

City Council’s recent resolution offers up the opportunity for conversations to include the Pinellas County Commission & Administration, St. Pete City Council & Mayor/City Administration, the city and county’s hired outside consultant, and the Rays Ownership.

This in no way means a deal is imminent, but instead brings all stakeholders at the table to try and hammer out a deal.

Many questions need to be answered before an agreement can occur, including:

  • How much investment is the City and the County willing to make to keep Major League Baseball and the millions of dollars in economic impact it generates in St. Petersburg? Also – How much will the Rays invest?
  • What happens if the MLB Players Association or MLB in general don’t approve the “Sister Cities” concept?
  • What happens if the Montreal side of the deal falls through?
  • If the Rays gain control of a portion of land adjacent to the stadium to finance the building of a stadium how can the City ensure the development honors the history of the site and fulfills the broken promises made to the community?
  • Could an outdoor stadium be built that could be converted to indoor should the necessity arise?

What other questions do you have? Please use this form to submit any questions you have about a potential deal to keep the Rays in St. Pete and the Chamber will track down the answers if available.

With the Rays season is just kicking off, the Firestone Grand Prix running next week, and over 40% of Pinellas County residents having received the COVID-19 vaccine, there is no better time to be in St. Petersburg….and it is only going to get better from here!

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