On Tuesday Night, The Tampa Bay Rays revealed a visionary plan of a $900 million Ballpark near Ybor City. The plans for the stadium outlay is ready, though it is a small stadium for the Major league Baseball Stadium Standards with an estimate of approximately 30,842 seats, but has the visuals are great. With a roof completely made-up of glass and a full domed shaped stadium is expected to take 5 to 6 years in completion and will be placed across Ybor city.
“I think you’re looking at a four-to-five-year buildup, 36 months on the construction side,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Will we live or die based on whether we have this stadium? No. We’re going to be fine with or without it, but I would love to have it.”
The Rays owner, Stuart Sternberg regards the plans as “a dramatic break from the past”. He says that the franchise is attempting to make a long-term commitment to the region and this ballpark will act as a major attraction for the city and bring in finance.
“That was the best opportunity to happen here in Tampa, at the center of the Tampa Bay region,” Sternberg said. “We believe that baseball cannot only survive but thrive here in Tampa, and Tampa Bay, and all the growth that comes ahead of us.”
Although the location and infrastructure have been decided there has not been a single announcement regarding who is going to pay for a stadium such as this. The guess is the rays are expecting a big contribution to the stadium from the government. The tax money that should be used for the city’s upbringing is expected to be spent on a million dollars project for the people who already earn millions.
“The test is when people see this,” explained Matt Silverman, the club’s president. “If people are getting behind this vision for how our ballpark can look and see how it can feed into Ybor City, if we’re on the same page there, we have a better shot at figuring out the plans.”
The ray’s chief development officer, Melanie Lenz, has come to an estimate of an $892,429,823 cost on stadium’s construction with 30% spent on only the roof.
The owner, Sternberg of the rays, said that he is expecting to draw a $150 million contribution from the team. The remaining burden comes to the government.
“It’s a step,” The mayor, Buckhorn said of Sternberg’s comment, “A baby step,” he added. “I think the reality is that unless the Rays are able to get to close to half, this will be a very difficult transaction to complete.”
If the Rays could not manage half of the contribution the taxpayers are going to be hooked for the payment. It’s been happening over the years that and Tampa Bay Rays are expecting the same giving it a shape of city’s welfare that’s been seen in history is never the case in these types of scenarios.
Will Ray be able to come to terms with their dream of building a brand-new stadium or not, and if they somehow achieve this goal will this bring any improvement in their performance this we still have to see.