This rendering from New York's HKS Architects shows what a redeveloped Tropicana Field site could look like if it includes a new baseball stadium. Planners are calling the project the Gas Plant District, after the black neighborhood that was razed decades ago to build the dome. They are also designing a plan that does not include a stadium. The 86-acre Trop site is set to be redeveloped, but city officials don't know whether to include a new ballpark for the Rays. Mayor Rick Kriseman says plans can proceed while the stadium issue is undecided, but others are unsure if developers would be willing to go along. There is also a question of whether the Rays can impede construction under the lease agreement that keeps the team playing in the dome through 2027.
By Josh Solomon
Published Jul. 14, 2019
ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays have played in Tropicana Field for more than 20 years — and have spent half that time trying to escape it. The Trop is baseball's last dome, an outdated, obsolete dinosaur with too many catwalks and not enough fans.
But beneath that fossil of a ballpark sits 86 acres of urban gold.