It is one of the most highly anticipated days in the history of the Tampa Bay Rays as they’ll unveil their first official stadium concept designs for their preferred location in Ybor City.
At 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, the Rays will hold a press conference where they will showcase their design for the new stadium, which is said to be a 365 day a year complex for the community.
Stuart Sternberg spoke with the Rays media over the weekend during their series against the New York Mets, where he addressed the new stadium and stated that “People are going to love the place.”
The Rays are also expected to address the financing options for the stadium.
It’s hard to contain excitement, as today is an exciting day for the region and the Rays, but it’s just the start of things to come. The Rays still have their deadline though the rest of the year to cement a plan and financing for a new stadium, with groundbreaking still a distant gleam on the radar.
This article shall be updated as live coverage begins, with the Tampa Bay Rays FaceBook page live streaming the event, while multiple media outlets will also be on hand.
So here’s the setup for the #Rays 2pm made-for-TV Tampa stadium press conf. in Ybor City. There is SIGNIFICANT security here, as well as three full rows “reserved” for some of the 400 ppl they’ve invited. And, of course, DJ Kitty. pic.twitter.com/gKmLyFn8WO— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) July 10, 2018
Matt Silverman opens the unveiling, declaring himself ‘The Opener’ before later giving way to Stuart Sternberg. Silverman starts the conference by thanking all those who have helped along the way to where they are now, including former owner, Vince Naimoli.
Stuart Sternberg addresses the current state of the Rays and their season. Then addresses the location and building a stadium for the people of the region.
Our first view
The focus of the designers was the ”Baseball Experience.”— FOX Sports Sun: Rays (@FOXSportsRays) July 10, 2018
Key stadium features include:
• 28,216 fixed seats; 30,842 total capacity
• The most intimate ballpark in MLB
• Fully enclosed and conditioned translucent roof
The #Rays’ tip of cap to history includes closing Tampa’s 4th St outside proposed Ybor stadium. They likened it to Red Sox’ Yawley Way...which really revolutionized how teams capture game-day revenue from their neighbors. pic.twitter.com/GVgQTNxbPk— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) July 10, 2018
In addition to being built for the best experience, the stadium will be open and usable by the community on non-game days and will be environmentally friendly and sustainable. pic.twitter.com/CouVg9kIPZ— FOX Sports Sun: Rays (@FOXSportsRays) July 10, 2018