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Tampa Bay Rays Announce New Stadium Plans

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http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/2018/07/10/rays-reveal-ybor-city-stadium-details/

TAMPA — The Rays on Tuesday unveiled plans for an Ybor City stadium that has see-through sliding glass walls, a fixed translucent roof and is integrated into the neighborhood with an evolving design.

"It will provide a ballpark experience like no other," Rays executive Melanie Lenz said.

The estimated cost of the stadium and infrastructure is $892 million. The stadium cost is $809 million, and the roof is about $240 million of that.

As for arguably the biggest question of who is paying for what, team president Brian Auld said, "We don't have those answers yet."

Rendering for the field at the new Rays stadium in Tampa. (Rays)Rendering for the field at the new Rays stadium in Tampa. (Rays)
Principal owner Stuart Sternberg talked about the "ingenuity" involved in the design and seating concepts which include picnic, patio, table and fountain seating areas among others.

The stadium would seat 28,216 and, with standing areas, would hold 30,842, which would be the smallest in  Major League Baseball.

Stadium design officials said the idea of having the sliding walls is to "let the outside in and the inside out."

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3 hours ago, Michael said:

Looks very nice.

I do wonder how that roof will play during day games, however.

I was thinking the same thing too.

 

Looks like there's a ton of foul ground behind home plate too.

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2 hours ago, rmc523 said:

I was thinking the same thing too.

 

Looks like there's a ton of foul ground behind home plate too.

Certainly more foul ground than most other newer stadiums.

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12 hours ago, Michael said:

Looks very nice.

I do wonder how that roof will play during day games, however.

Don't worry, they'll paint it black like they did the Astrodome in 1965.

 

For what it's worth, I get a very Marlins park vibe with all the glass and white concrete- the Blue Seats don't help. I wonder if it's the same design firm.

Heck, even the roof looks Loria-esque.

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9 hours ago, rmc523 said:

I was thinking the same thing too.

 

Looks like there's a ton of foul ground behind home plate too.

Got a feeling the foul ball area can be reduced later on- but to me... this looks like a organizational preference to build with pitching and defense and because of that it's huge.

It'll probably try to steal the local bowl games too- or atleast some of the smaller ones like Marlins Park once attempted.

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1 hour ago, SonOfJack said:

I'm seeing some similarities to Marlins Park, maybe its just me.

Not just you at all.

 

You are the wife in this relationship.... I only catch for A-Listers.

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6 hours ago, Piazza31 said:

Don't worry, they'll paint it black like they did the Astrodome in 1965.

 

For what it's worth, I get a very Marlins park vibe with all the glass and white concrete- the Blue Seats don't help. I wonder if it's the same design firm.

Heck, even the roof looks Loria-esque.

I think it was also done by Populous, the same firm that did Marlins Park (and has done a lot of other MLB parks).

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