It may not be what some baseball fans want to hear, but the wildly unpopular Tropicana Field isn't going anywhere any time soon, and neither are the Rays.
Tampa Bay owner Stuart Sternberg was interviewed by Fox's Jon Paul Morosi and made it perfectly clear that he has no desire to move his team. Sternberg is instead focused on laying the groundwork for a new ballpark after the Rays' lease on Tropicana Field is up in 2027.
Yes, that means at least 14 more years of the catwalk.
"It’s far, but it’s not that far because I can’t in 2026 snap my fingers and all of a sudden have a place to play," Sternberg said in the interview. "The groundwork needs to be done, starting very soon. You’ve got to figure out the proper location, whether it’s 10 yards from where we’re playing or 30 miles. Then you have to figure out if it’s feasible. Then you have to go through the approvals and everything else. Even if you have a location, just to get that OK’d takes years. Then it takes years to actually build the thing. At some point in the next few years, we’ve got to have it figured out."