MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Says Tampa Bay Rays ‘Urgently’ Need New Ballpark Deal
By ESPN.com // June 17, 2022
Tampa Bay rays' lease on Tropicana field expires after the 2027 season
(ESPN.COM) TAMPA, FLORIDA – Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics need to reach new ballpark deals soon and left open the possibility of considering relocation if agreements are not struck.
“There is urgency with respect to Tampa,” Manfred said Thursday during a news conference following an owner’s meeting. “There needs to be a resolution in the Tampa Bay region for the Rays.”
Tampa Bay’s lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the team has played since its inaugural season in 1998, expires after the 2027 season.
The Rays said in January that MLB had rejected the team’s plan to split its season between Florida and Montreal.
“Obviously, the end of that lease is a hard deadline, but you need to take into account that stadiums take a little bit of time to build, right?” Manfred said.
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