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« : January 24, 2013, 07:13:27 AM »

Eventually it'll be time to get out of the Trop. Comfortable as an old shoe, but not up to today's MLB standards-------imo.

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Stephen Nohlgren sat down for a Q&A with Andrew Zimbalist, who is described as “one of America’s pre-eminent sports economists.” You can read the entire interview at TampaBay.com. But the most telling answer came when he was asked where a new stadium should be located…

    “Downtown Tampa. It’s very important in today’s economics that stadiums be located as close to a business district as possible — particularly baseball, that can play six or 7 games a week. It enables the team to attract members of the business community to the stadium at the end of the work day and sell season tickets and premium seating…Fans are of a higher economic demographic, so signage and corporate sponsorship becomes more valuable. You can create synergies with other businesses. You might have a tax increment financing district or tax abatement for a vibrant entertainment district.”

So there you go. I have never thought the downtown area is perfect. But the Bay Area’s geography doesn’t allow for a perfect situation and downtown Tampa just seems to be the lesser of many evils. And I know many of you love the idea of the Fairgrounds and the Hard Rock Casino. But it is hard to believe Major League Baseball will allow a new stadium to be so closely associated with a casino. Just can’t see that happening.

Zimbalist also touches on how an agreement could be reached and what might happen if no agreement can be reached.

http://www.raysindex.com/2013/01/downtown-tampa-is-best-location-for-rays-stadium-according-to-sports-economist.html

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« #1 : January 24, 2013, 09:15:00 AM »

I completely do not get why MLB would take issue with the Hard Rock Casino being on the other side to I-4 from the stadium.   But there are other issues apparently with it being there so I doubt it would happen.
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