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Tampa Bay Rays Propose $900M Stadium

Monday, July 16, 2018

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On Tuesday (July 10), Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays revealed plans for a new 30,842-seat, $892 million stadium, a proposal that serves, according to principal owner Stuart Sternberg, as the franchise’s last attempt to make a long-term commitment to the area.

According to US News, the stadium would be the smallest in Major League Baseball, featuring a translucent roof, rather than a retractable dome. The Rays worked with architecture firm Populous on the design.

Cross-Town Move

Opening the new stadium will allow the team to move across Tampa Bay to the Ybor City section of Tampa.

"That has the best opportunity to happen here in Tampa, at the center of the Tampa Bay region," said Sternberg. "We believe that baseball cannot only survive but thrive here in Tampa, and Tampa Bay, and all the growth that comes ahead of us."

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On Tuesday (July 10), Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays revealed plans for a new 30,842-seat, $892 million stadium that serves, according to Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays since 2005, as the franchise’s last attempt to make a long-term commitment to the area.

No plans have been revealed regarding financing, however. The Rays did not detail how much the team would be contributing to the project, and government officials also noted that taxpayers won’t be footing the cost either. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said that while the ballpark would be a good addition to the city, Tampa would be able to survive with or without baseball. Plus, there is little public appeal in paying for the project with taxes, so elected leaders will have to find “creative ways” to fund the project.

In the interim, hotel taxes are being discussed as a source of revenue for funding the ballpark. Another option, proposed by County Administrator Mike Merrill, would have developers help with the cost in exchange for adjacent commercial and retail construction rights. Other parties are interested in “naming rights,” at a cost of $10 million a year.

Stadium Plans

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the playing field in the stadium will be equipped with synthetic turf, not natural grass. Behind home plate and center field, glass walls open like French doors. Multi-tiered seating and gathering spots include fountain, picnic, sandbox areas.

A model of 7,000 balls in play over the last five seasons through the majors demonstrated that the roof—an orthogonal of membrane secured by cables to a steel compression ring—would be hit zero times. The more common retractable roof option was ruled out due to the greenhouse effect: With the tropical climate, it would be too hot.

A model of 7,000 balls in play over the last five seasons through the majors demonstrated that the roof—an orthogonal of membrane secured by cables to a steel compression ring—would be hit zero times. The more common retractable roof option was ruled out due to the greenhouse effect: With the tropical climate, it would be too hot.

"It's exciting to dream about our players and coaches having a facility that can be the envy of other teams,'' Silverman said. "We walk into a number of stadiums across the league and have that ballpark envy feel. We've been waiting, craving the chance to turn the table on the rest of the league.''

The involved parties hope that the stadium will open in 2023.

   

Tagged categories: Architecture; Construction; Design build; Good Technical Practice; North America; Stadiums/Sports Facilities

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