St. Petersburg mayor releases new Rays deal

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – Mayor Rick Kriseman of St. Petersburg sent a memo to city leaders outlining his plan for the future of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Part of it includes a proposed agreement with the Rays, which gives the team permission to explore other stadium sites while giving St. Petersburg a chance to try to keep the team.

The agreement must be approved by the city council. It would include the following:

  • The team must provide the city with a description of the process team leaders will use to evalute potential sites. It must keep the city in the know.
  • The team will have six months to search, which gives the city enough time to make the case that Tropicana Field is the best location for the team.
  • It asks the team to pay for half of a master plan for the Trop and the area around it–whether the team stays or leaves.

If the Rays leave the city, the team would have to pay as much as $24 million.

The proposed agreement is expected to be discussed by city leaders within a couple of weeks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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