Rays stadium project in Hillsborough County has fallen apart


Looks like it’s back to the drawing board for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team has officially withdrawn its proposal for a stadium in Hillsborough County, according to NBC Sports. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was critical of county officials regarding the deal, and felt public enthusiasm for the project simply wasn’t there.

NBC Sports reports that the Rays will continue to play at Tropicana potentially through 2027. In 2015, the team was granted a three year window to negotiate for a new stadium outside of the Sunshine City. That window is now swiftly closing, and with no new plans on the horizon, it seems the team will play through the duration of their lease.

Are you happy to see the Rays sticking around St. Pete? Where would you like to see them play? Let us know in the comments!

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