The Tampa Bay Rays are one step closer to moving to Tampa. It’s no secret that the Rays have wanted to move and even talked about several possible locations for a new ballpark in Hillsborough County, including Ybor City. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan has been working with Rays officials for the past year and a half to identify the location for a new Major League Ballpark complex. And on Tuesday, he announced the spot: Ybor City neighborhood bordered by Channelside Drive, E. 4th Street, N. 15th Street and Adamo Drive. “This is a significant step on moving the team to Hillsborough County,” said Hagan. He spoke exclusively with News Channel 8’s Jeff Patterson about this deal. Hagan is confident the team is on board with the plan. “It was quite challenging, at times. The team immediately took some off the table, they added some and really went through the benefits and weaknesses of each site,” Hagan said. “It meets all of the Rays guiding principles, if you will: It’s in a historic area, it has great access, it’s close to the water.” Having the only domed stadium in Major League Baseball, the Rays knew it was time to think about a new home and layout. Tropicana Field, The Trop, is considered by many to be one of the worst ballparks in Major League Baseball. It’s been called a bad facility in a bad location.
Tampa Bay Rays look to leave St. Pete & Trop for new Ybor City ballpark
WFLA | Oct 26