|Location||Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|Construction cost||$892 million (projected)|
|Tampa Bay Rays (MLB) (2023; planned)|
In 2017, the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB) finished the season with an average paid attendance of 15,477 per game, the lowest in MLB, perhaps because of the MLB-lowest 31,042 capacity of Tropicana Field. The Rays have been looking for a new site to build a stadium, as St. Petersburg is difficult for fans from Tampa to access.
On July 10, 2018, the Rays announced they would vacate Tropicana Field and relocate to the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, between 15th Street and Channelside Drive from east to west, and between Fourth Avenue and Adamo Drive from north to south. While the Rays have a contract to play in Tropicana Field through 2027, they have reached an agreement for an early departure.
Construction is estimated to cost $892 million. Ballpark construction is estimated at $550 million; the roof will cost approximately $245 million, with about $83 million coming from ancillary infrastructure spending. The construction costs also include a parking garage and pedestrian bridge. The Rays announced they are expecting taxpayers to fund most of its construction, despite some controversy regarding the limited evidence of public benefits arising from subsidizing such projects. The stadium will be a year-round entertainment venue and will not be exclusively used for baseball games. The proposal calls for 28,216 seats with a total capacity of 30,842, which would make it the smallest MLB stadium by capacity. The ballpark is slated to be ready by the start of the 2023 season.
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