- Dec 4, 2009
The Tampa Bay Rays have finally unveiled their plans for a new stadium and, perhaps more importantly, a new city. Tuesday, the team showed off renderings of a state-of-the art Ybor City ballpark that would allow them to move from St. Petersburg to Tampa – if funding can be secured.
The proposed 30,842-seat stadium has a fixed translucent roof, but sliding glass walls. Melanie Lenz, the Rays' senior vice president of strategy and development, insisted it would fit the character of the historic community.
“This is not a stadium," Lenz offered. "This is a ballpark. This is a neighborhood ballpark.”
AT A GLANCE:
• 28,000+ seats, 30,000+ capacity
• Still smallest in MLB
• Fully enclosed, translucent roof
• Variety of seating types and amenities
• "Dramatic” sliding glass exterior walls that open completely to the outside
• View from home plate: "Away" from downtown Tampa
• 10,000 parking spots within 10-minute walk; 23,000 spaces within a mile
• Total project cost: $892,429,823
http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/rays-ybor-city-stadium-planLenz explained that the cost of the proposed stadium was just over $800-million -- with 30-percent of that cost devoted just to the roof -- but additional infrastructure upgrades would push the final total to $892-billion.