Apr 2, 2024 - News

Poll results: Axios readers support Rays stadium development

More of you support than oppose the redevelopment plan for the new Rays stadium and Historic Gas Plant District.

By the numbers: Of the 1,475 Axios Tampa Bay readers who voted in our poll last week, 55% favor the plan.

  • St. Petersburg City Council members in November voted against pursuing a straw poll to gauge public opinion, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Why it matters: Hundreds of millions of public dollars will be spent on the project and surrounding infrastructure.

What you're saying: Reader Dave Morganthall, who works in construction consulting, said increasing jobs and parking will be worth the investment.

  • "With proper coordination and management," he said, "the stadium can be utilized for more than just entertainment, providing a landmark that our community looks fondly upon as this small town continues to grow!"
  • Jill Treadway, a property owner near the stadium, is for it. "I'm a local and tired of newbies telling us how things should be done. So keep your mitts off our team, please."

The other side: Opposing readers said the Rays should pay for more or all of the stadium, and that more money should be invested in public transportation.

  • "I'm strongly opposed to a plan that includes such low support for affordable housing and does not require significant participation from the Rays when it comes to sharing the risk," reader Janice Barret said.
  • Steve Terp and other readers said a new stadium likely wouldn't fix the Rays' low attendance record. "Same spot, same demographics, worsening traffic. See definition of insanity."
  • Several readers said they still wanted to see the stadium be built in Tampa.

What's ahead: City Council votes on the plan next month.

Editor's note: Reader responses were edited for grammar and brevity.

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