Jun 23, 2021 - Sports

St. Pete mayoral candidates differ on the future of Tropicana Field

Photo: Steven Kovich/Tampa Bay Rays/MLB via Getty Images

St. Petersburg's mayoral debate on Tuesday came with differing opinions on the future of the Rays and Tropicana Field.

State of play: The candidates were split on whether they'd support sharing the Rays with Montreal.

  • St. Petersburg Councilmember Darden Rice and former House Rep. Wengay Newton said they'd entertain the idea, while other candidates like Michael Ingram said it would not be best.
  • Marcile Powers, owner of Kenwood Organic Produce, emphasized the need for aesthetic improvements: "I think we have, if not the ugliest stadium, one of the ugliest stadiums right now."
  • Robert Blackmon, a St. Petersburg councilman and real estate investor, said he would not stick with Mayor Kriseman's current picks to redevelop the site: "We're wasting time, emotions and money on a project that will never come to fruition in its current state."
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