I came across this brief blog post on SI Wire, Sports Illustrated's breaking news blog and rolled my eyes. Rays owner: Team staying put in current location until 2027
The Tampa Bay Rays have arguably the worst ballpark in America, but they are going to be staying put, at least for the next 14 years.
Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg spoke to FOX Sports about a variety of topics and one of them was whether the team will be seeking a new home in the future.
Here's what Sternberg said about why it's going to take so long:
“Fourteen (more) years, through 2027. It’s far, but it’s not that far because I can’t in 2026 snap my fingers and all of a sudden have a place to play. The groundwork needs to be done, starting very soon. You’ve got to figure out the proper location, whether it’s 10 yards from where we’re playing or 30 miles. Then you have to figure out if it’s feasible. Then you have to go through the approvals and everything else. Even if you have a location, just to get that OK’d takes years. Then it takes years to actually build the thing. At some point in the next few years, we’ve got to have it figured out.”
If you're a regular reader of IIATMS, you have seen me refer to Tropicana Field as "the Slop." It's because I loathe that ballpark, I think it is awful, the Yankees play horribly there and I want it to be swallowed by a sinkhole. (Of course, while it's empty, not with people actually in it.)
Thanks to the iron clad lease agreement the Rays have with the City of St. Petersburg, we'll all have to deal with watching the Yankees play in that horrible place until I'm 54-years-old.
“If I walked in and said, ‘Here’s $12 billion. Can you let us out of the lease?’ I think they’ll probably say OK. If I say, ‘Here’s a dollar. I want to leave in five years,’ they’re probably not going to say OK,” he said.
Quick! Someone give Sternberg $12 billion!