Finally, some kinda sorta positive news for the Tampa Bay Rays on the stadium front. The St. Petersburg City Council, which in the past has vetoed all measures to allow the Rays to look at stadium sites outside of St. Petersburg, has approved a proposal which would allow the Rays to look outside of city limits, like Tampa and the I-4 corridor. The bad news is that it comes at higher cost than the Rays have said they were willing to pay to break their agreement in the past, because they are cheap bastards.
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
“Council member Jim Kennedy’s plan passed by a 5-3 vote. It would require the team to pay a $5 million charge for demolition and $4 million a year once they vacate the Trop. If they leave in 2020, the Rays would pay $33 million.
That’s a third more than a second proposal, by council Chairman Charlie Gerdes, that wasn’t taken up for a vote. Kennedy’s plan nearly doubles what the Rays would have paid in a deal council members rejected in May.
The Rays currently have no comment.