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Old 06-25-2010, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Why not make Raymond James Stadium multi-use for Baseball and Football? I know multi-purpose stadiums have gone to the way side... but it makes sense to me.

Both the Bucs and the Rays would benefit with less facility fees.
It would be near the fan base.
Infrastructure is already in place.
Raymond James would be used a lot more.
The move could happen much quicker.
The Glazers would surely moan and put up a fight. They screwed us when they demanded that new stadium anyway. They make a huge profit while Tampa pays for almost all of the stadium's costs. Not to mention that it was funded by a sales tax increase! I'm surprised they let USF play their football games in there anyway.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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too that to retrofit RJS. It's built solely for football (and monster truck/tractor pulls) - I don't think it's like Landshark Stadium in Miami or some of the other multipurpose stadiums.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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I'm afraid the sad truth is that Florida in general is not a MLB state. We might be a spring training hotbed and have a small following of minor league teams, but not a major one. You could tell with all the excuses that arise when people are asked why they don't go to games.
I've heard this many times before, and unfortunately, there may be some truth to it. It think the biggest issues are the fact that both the Marlins and Rays have stadiums that are out of the way for the majority of there fans, and that the majority of Floridians are made up transplants who remain loyal to their hometeams. But that doesn't mean that baseball can't work in Florida and in Tampa Bay. Though this nagativity doesn't help.
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Bad time to be no-hit (again).
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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Bad time to be no-hit (again).
The Rays hitting is pathetic , and as good as those players are, there is no reason for it .
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Went to today's game.....two lousy hits by the Rays.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I hate going to games when there is very little hitting.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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If there's a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays, where should it be? - St. Petersburg Times

Somewhere in the vicinity of Raymond James makes the most sense.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:26 PM
 
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The bottom line is not the stadium itself, the team, the market, or any of that.

It's where the Trop is physically located. It's either dead last or very close dead last in MLB in the number of people that live within a 30 minute drive.

I live in New Tampa. It's a minimum of an hour to get there, and that's with GREAT traffic both ways. Add in game day traffic, getting off work at 5pm, and trying to make a 7pm game in the middle of the week? Forget it...that's why attendance spikes on the weekend and plummets mid-week.

I feel badly for St Pete...but that's just a bad location for a sports stadium.

I hope a stadium somehow gets built in downtown Tampa or the westshore area.
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