St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has released a Memorandum to the public clarifying the current state of the Rays stadium saga, with three important messages, chief of which is that ownership’s proposal for a split season with Montreal is dead.
Here is the letter in full:
Here are the most important takeaways:
1. The Montreal Split-Season Proposal is dead
Last June, the principle owner of the Rays, Stuart Sternberg, made a public proposal for the Rays to split their season with the city of Montreal, a shocking turn of events both in substance and timing.
In issuing the above Memorandum, Mayor Kriseman is effectively killing the split city proposal after less than six months of negotiation with the team.
2. The Rays declined an opportunity to re-open an immediate ballpark search
Previously, the Rays had received long-sought permission to pursue a new stadium in the Tampa Bay area through a memorandum of understanding between the team and city. The search was limited to three years, and ended with the Rays selecting a location in Ybor City.
Importantly, this MOU allowed the Rays to build a new stadium and break their lease with the City prior to its expiration in…