Stadium Deals Newsbeat
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Havana Rays has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
The City Council of St. Petersburg has denied a deal that would allow the Rays to look outside the City of St. Petersburg for a new stadium location.
Kennedy then also questioned why the Rays should maintain 50% of redevelopment rights for Tropicana Field if they chose to leave. This appeared to be a strong sticking point to the Council, given their inability to renegotiate with the team on the proposed to deal.
In good faith, Kennedy then made a motion for the Council to schedule a workshop to discuss building a new stadium within the city of St. Petersburg.
The Council voted on and approved the matter immediately and unanimously, led by Kennedy with the hope to put, “real numbers on the table… that will allow the Rays to realize it’s worthwhile to spend some time evaluating what they can do in the City of St. Petersburg,” echoing Auld’s intent for “the next generation.”
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Let them move.
Having spent years working toward the agreement for permission to look for new stadium sites, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg remains confident that with a perfectly designed and located new ballpark, baseball can be a smashing success in the Tampa Bay area.
But if the agreement is not approved and a new stadium is not under construction within the next few years, Sternberg said there will be no baseball at all — “we’re doomed to leave” — as he likely will sell the team, and a new owner will move it after the Tropicana Field lease expires in 2027.
Posted: December 10, 2014 at 06:27 AM | 32 comment(s)
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Having finally reached what he considers a fair agreement with St. Petersburg to look for stadium sites in Tampa, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg restated his confidence in the Tampa Bay area as a strong market for Major League Baseball.
But he also said that if the agreement is not approved and there is no deal in place within the next few years for a new stadium to be built, he likely will sell the team and would expect it to be moved out of the Tampa Bay area when the Trop lease runs out in 2027.
“I’m not leaving. I’m not moving this team. I’m not taking this team out of the area. But that’s me,’’ Sternberg said at baseball’s winter meetings in San Diego. “The chances of me owning this team in 2023 if we don’t have a new stadium are probably nil. Somebody else will take it and move it. It’s not a threat, just the reality. I won’t be sitting here 10 years from now waiting it out to move the team.’‘
While acknowledging approval by the St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday remains “a big hurdle,” Sternberg said he believes that approval can lead to success in the market.
“I think baseball can still flourish down here and I’m looking for the oppotunity to make that happen,’’ Sternberg said. “We need to get the building and the location pinpoint perfect for that to happen.’‘
Monday, December 08, 2014
Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays have reached an agreement to let the team search for new stadium sites in Hillsborough County in exchange for payments to the city if the team leaves before its contract at Tropicana Field expires in 2027.
Kriseman wants to the City Council to discuss the agreement at its meeting on Thursday.
Payments would be based on how many years would remain on the Trop lease if the Rays left, starting at $4 million a season until December 2018, dropping to $3 million a season from 2019 to 2022 and $2 million from 2023 through 2026.
Is Montreal in Hillsborough County?
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I hope St. Petersburg is smarter than other communities.
[Brian] Auld, 37, now finds himself not only running a major-league team and implementing owner Stuart Sternberg’s organizational vision, but he also has moved to the forefront of the team’s effort to land a new stadium.
“I’ve ridden side-car, if you will, on the stadium situation since 2006 when we got started,” Auld said.
Auld said he will rely heavily on Melanie Lenz, the Rays’ vice president of development, during what he hopes will be successful talks with St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman. Auld said he is optimistic an agreement can be reached by the end of the year that will allow the Rays to look throughout the Tampa Bay area for a new stadium location.
“Obviously, we need to figure it out,” Auld said. “I think we understand our incentives, and the community’s incentives are perfectly aligned. Now, figuring out exactly what that is and where the stadium should go will be very challenging. But it needs to go in the best place for the Rays, and it needs to go in the best place for the community.”
Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM | 6 comment(s)
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by way of Tustin?
The Angels on Friday ended negotiations with the city of Anaheim over a new Angel Stadium lease, frustrated by the inability to finalize a deal more than a year after the parties had ratified the framework of an agreement.
The Angels have held extensive discussions with the city of Tustin about a possible new ballpark there. The Tustin City Council scheduled a special closed session Tuesday to discuss a deal with the Angels.
Angels spokeswoman Marie Garvey said the team has not reached an agreement with Tustin and would continue to look at “all of our options.” Tustin City Manager Jeffrey Parker did not immediately return a call for comment.
The Tustin City Council has held at least nine previous closed sessions to discuss an Angels deal – but all of them, unlike the one scheduled Tuesday, preceded a regular council meeting. It is unlikely that Tustin – or any other city in Southern California – would use taxpayer money to build a stadium for the Angels.
“We can afford to build a new stadium,” Angels owner Arte Moreno said.
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