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Baseball coalition reveals top locations for new Rays’ stadium and Downtown St. Pete ain’t one of ’em

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A Baseball Community Coalition, a task force aimed at preserving the long-term future of Major League Baseball in the Bay Area, has revealed their top three locations for the Tampa Bay Rays to play baseball. The coalition unanimously approved these three locations: North St. Petersburg (possibly the Carillon area) Downtown Tampa Westshore area (Tampa) The three locations were picked because all three are within an easy drive time of a large population. The coalition says next they’ll meet with St.…

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Tampa Trib suggests Rays should look across the bay for a new stadium

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From the Tampa Trib’s Sunday editorial page: The Rays know what’s needed for success. Kalt and his associates have been researching stadium designs, profitable ballparks and baseball’s economic reality. Of course, this doesn’t mean they should get what they want right away. Public officials need to safeguard tax dollars, especially during the recession, when the city can’t be expected to invest in a new facility. But St. Petersburg and Pinellas officials need to be ready when the economy picks back…

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