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Mayor Bob Buckhorn considers whether Tampa could be home to Rays listen

09/28/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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While the Tampa Bay Rays and St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster haven’t been on speaking terms, the future. While The Rays are contracted to play at Tropicana Field until 2027, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Downtown Tampa could be their new home if the team left St. Pete.

The Tampa Bay Rays are all the rage in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. But the team is looking for a new stadium that St. Petersburg might not be ready to build quite yet. ...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott gets booed at Tampa Bay Rays home opener listen

04/04/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The increasingly common public outcry against Governor Rick Scott continued on Friday. This time at a baseball game. Hundreds of protesters gathered both in and around Tropicana Field to protest Scott as he threw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays’ home opener.

Friday was April Fool’s Day, and several hundred Rick Scott opponents celebrated with a chorus of boos at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. As news of Rick Scott’s throwing of the first pitch at the season opener for ...

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Pinellas bed tax revamp may fund new Dali building but not baseball stadium listen

11/16/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Every hotel, resort, and R.V. park in Pinellas County charges guests a five percent sales tax for every night, as long as the duration is under six months. Today the Pinellas County Commission discussed changes to that tax that may mean more dollars will go to a key attraction. Assistant County Attorney Dennis Long says the tax is crucial.

"Each cent generated approximately $4.8 million or we will expect it to generate about that much in 2010."

The tourist development tax, often call...

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Foster: Rays must stay in St. Pete listen

06/24/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Officials met this morning to discuss how to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Pete. Mayor Bill Foster wants the Rays to acknowledge the risk the city’s taxpayers took in funding the stadium the ball club is now trying to leave.

St. Pete City Attorney John Wolfe stressed that this shouldn’t be something that pits the St. Pete against Tampa.

On Monday, Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg announced that the Rays wouldn’t be playing in Tropicana Field when their contract with the stad...

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St Pete Mayor reacts to Rays threat to leave downtown listen

06/22/10 Kate Bradshaw & Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday, the owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, Stuart Sternberg, warned St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster that the team planned to break its lease of Tropicana Field.

The Rays are seeking permission from the city to alter the contract that currently forbids the team from talking with other municipalities about a new stadium.

Today, WMNF asked Foster about the Rays' future in St. Pete.

previous WMNF coverage of Rays' stadium

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Rays owner threatens to move team if new stadium isn't built outside downtown St. Pete listen

06/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Tampa Bay Rays are threatening to break their contract with the city of St. Petersburg and are looking to move out of Tropicana Field. Team owner Stuart Sternberg made that announcement this morning after he met with St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster.

The Rays signed a contract with the City of St. Petersburg that doesn’t expire until 2027. It says the Rays are not allowed to directly or indirectly negotiate for the use of any other facility besides the Trop. But Sternberg insists on moving...

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If they build it, will they stay? New stadium for the Rays? listen

04/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Faced with the possibility that the Tampa Bay Rays may leave town, many think building a new stadium is key to making them stay. Developer Craig Sher, who is with a group that for the past year has been studying the best way to do this, spoke in downtown St. Petersburg today. The audience included five St. Pete City Council members, and they were not pleased wi...

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St. Pete moves forward on plan for the Trop listen

05/01/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council voted today to authorize negotiations with two developers to re-develop Tropicana Field to pay for the proposed waterfront ballpark for the Tampa Bay Ray.

Councilman Herb Polson was the only board member to dissent.

As the council continues to gather information about putting up a possible ballot measure on the proposed park, opponents have questioned if contaminated soil below the site of Tropicana Field exists, and if that means the taxpayers could be f...

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Al Lang Stadium's bittersweet farewell

03/28/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Today thousands filled the seats at Al Lang Stadium one last time to watch the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Cincinnati Reds. With the Rays moving their training facility next year to Charlotte County and no new tenants for next spring, the legacy that began more than 80 years ago is drawing to a close.

City Councilman Jim Kennedy says he’s torn between the prospect of a new stadium on the site and the nostalgia of Al Lang.

Al Lang built the stadium in 1914 and was St. Petersburg’s may...

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Rays, City Council discuss stadium proposal listen

03/19/08 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association held a meeting last night in St. Petersburg to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays stadium proposal. Citizens were invited to ask questions of a panel made up of people who are both supportive and opposed to the proposed stadium.

The panel consisted of Michael Kalt, senior vice president of Development and Business affairs for the Tampa Bay Rays; Jamie Bennett of the St. Petersburg City Council; Rick Musset of the City administration; Kenny Locke, who r...

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