ST. PETERSBURG | New Stadium

A rendering of the proposed Rays stadium and surrounding redevelopment as envisioned by the team and the Hines real estate group


"They revealed some details Friday while sharing their bid in partnership with Hines — a global real estate investor and developer firm — to redevelop the Tropicana Field site.

If their bid is chosen by the City of St. Petersburg and they proceed as planned, expect a stadium in 2028 that will have a fixed roof but large glass side windows that open, a capacity of around 30,000 and a turf field. It likely would cost in excess of $1 billion and be built slightly east of the current site.

“It’s a fixed roof with operable walls,” said Rays chief development officer Melanie Lenz. “So we’re able to open the walls up and invite the community in but have a fixed roof to guarantee comfort and gain certainty (against rain being an issue).”

Home plate would be at the south end of the plot with batters facing north. The north and west sides would have most of the windows, which could be opened on the few days when air conditioning isn’t necessary and provide breezes. The roof would be made out of a hard deck with sections of the fluorine-based plastic ETFE which can let in diffused light.

The Rays, working with the well-known Populous architectural firm, said they have not yet designed the interior of the stadium which, according to the request for proposal, is supposed to be a state-of-the-art, community-centric, engaging ballpark…"

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the Stadium in the renderings is in St Petersburg. It seems as though a Tampa stadium is no longer on the table. The two proposals being favored are the site of Tropicana Field (outside of downtown) and a site in Downtown St Petersburg.

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Per: Commissioner endorses Rays’ latest stadium pursuit

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Per: pudgie_child SSC


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Construction start 2024

In Orlando?

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I hope Orlando gets a baseball team that has a pro-immigration name like “Dreamers.”

That’s going to make some heads in Tallahassee explode.