Rays President Matt Silverman is actively seeking out support from the downtown business community for the team's new stadium proposal, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. "We need the business community to be ambassadors to move the project along," Silverman said. "It's hard for a baseball team to talk about economic development."
For the most part thus far, it has been the team and its surrogate organizations that have been doing the talking in favor of the proposal, and while they've touted support from the business community in making their pitch, no one has stepped up from that sector to advocate loudly for the plan. Hopefully the Rays can garner some support here; it would give them immense credibility when they talk about the economic benefits of the plan.