Through the years one location that made sense was the Florida State Fairgrounds. Putting it near RJS wouldn't be bad either. But there is no way after RJS the Tampa/Hillsborough voters would support another stadium. That is why it has to be in Pinellas.Your entire post is right on. The bolded is my biggest issue with all of this. Sternberg is a shit owner. I can't believe that he convinced St. Pete to foot 650 million dollars for this entire thing when 80-90% of this cost should be coming out of his pocket (especially with what @InstaFace brought up, he's been collecting checks from other teams for years)
It's a shame because Vinik is a fantastic owner and what he has done with the Lightning and Water Street/Channelside is incredible
The best thing would be for the county to buy the Rays (ala the Packers). It would be cheaper and would avoid writing what amounts to a $ 1 billion dollar check to a Goldman Sachs guy. But no one takes advantage of the government like Goldman Sachs guys.
Red Sox fans have no idea how lucky we are to have Fenway. Well I guess we do.