Today, the Tampa Bay Rays unveiled the long-awaited plans for a new $892 million stadium they plan to build in the historic Ybor City neighborhood, a stadium that has been a decade in the making.
The proposed ballpark would have 28,216 seats, with a total capacity would be 30,842–making it the smallest stadium in baseball. It will have a translucent roof priced at $244 million, as 61% of home games are affected by rain. Plans also include a sliding glass exterior walls to “bring the outside in.”
“This is not a stadium. This is a ballpark,” Rays’ Sr. Vice President Melanie Lenz said.
According to ABC, “seating areas would include swivel seats, picnic suites, a sand berm, a touch tank and family table seating. Plus, there will be room for about 2,600 to stand.” And fountain seats!
Like Tropicana Field, the ballpark will be climate controlled and include artificial turf.
There is one itsy bitsy problem: no one knows how the hell its going to get paid for.