Every Tampa Bay team looking for new stadium. The Tampa Bay Rays have been actively seeking a new home in the Tampa Bay area for the past 15 years. Recently, team executives from the Rays showed support for women’s professional soccer and discussed the potential for a new baseball stadium in Tampa. These developments have sparked discussions about the future of sports facilities in the region. Let’s delve into the details and explore what lies ahead.

Soccer and Baseball: Coexistence and Temporary Solutions

Developer Daryl Shaw, owner and managing partner of a new women’s soccer franchise in the USL Super League, expressed his desire to build a stadium for his team in Ybor City. However, Shaw also owns land that could potentially be a site for a baseball stadium for the Rays. Despite the overlap, Shaw assures that the soccer team’s ownership will not hinder the Rays’ quest for a new permanent stadium. Both parties maintain a positive relationship, and Shaw’s focus at the moment is finding a temporary solution for the soccer team, with a seating capacity of 5,000, until a permanent home is established.

Possibility of USF’s On-Campus Stadium

The recent announcement of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in San Diego playing at San Diego State’s on-campus football stadium raises questions about the proposed $340 million stadium at the University of South Florida (USF) and its potential role in the soccer equation. While Shaw acknowledges the possibility, he emphasizes that the immediate focus remains on finding a temporary solution rather than a permanent one.

Collaboration Between the Rays and the Women’s Soccer Team

The Rays, who already own the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL, have expressed interest in collaborating with the new women’s soccer team. Both teams are currently in search of permanent homes, and housing them in the same facility is being considered. Team president Brian Auld sees no negative impact on the future of the Rays due to the introduction of the soccer team.

Future Prospects and the Tropicana Field Redevelopment

The Rays expect to receive an answer regarding their baseball stadium conundrum by the end of the year. Meanwhile, negotiations between the Rays, development partner Hines, and St. Petersburg regarding the redevelopment of Tropicana Field are ongoing. Details regarding the redevelopment are yet to be made public, but a term sheet is expected to be presented to the City Council in the coming months.

The Community Investment Tax

The Community Investment Tax, a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 1996, has played a significant role in funding various public infrastructure projects. Notably, it contributed funds for the construction of Raymond James Stadium, the home field of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the tax set to expire in 2026, discussions about its renewal are in the early stages. Potential capital needs, including sports facilities, will be assessed before any decision is made.

The Stadium Dilemma and Financing

While other professional sports teams have secured new stadiums, the situation in Tampa Bay is more complicated. The financing of sports facilities is not favored by the state government, making significant subsidies unlikely. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ future stadium discussions will only occur alongside a long-term agreement that ensures the team remains in the region. The possibility of a new stadium for football is currently off the table.

The Tampa Bay Rays’ search for a new permanent home continues, and the team has shown support for the future of women’s professional soccer in Tampa Bay. Developer Daryl Shaw, who owns the new women’s soccer franchise, is looking for a temporary solution while also exploring a baseball stadium site. Collaboration between the Rays and the soccer team is being considered. Discussions about the future of sports facilities and the potential renewal of the Community Investment Tax are ongoing. TBT

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