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  1. 400+ foot towers AREN'T popping up all the time in Orlando. That's the point.
  2. You'd rather not get a 400 foot building in order to save a tree? That's nuts!
  3. For Sanford's Mayor, New Growth Puts City on the Map Article: https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2020/01/20/for-sanford-s-mayor--new-growth-puts-city-on-the-map?fbclid=IwAR0YuL47CWiSwhONlajwI9epfCxHG--6tgfw5el0xiLC_AhLnVFKKigM_fI
  4. Don't know if this has already been posted. Skyplex owner to scoop up more I-Drive land Article: https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2020/01/16/exclusive-skyplex-owner-to-scoop-up-more-i-drive.html?ana=TRUEANTHEMFB_OR&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3mX5-vfXPJBwD9ap_7_Ng69qFAYMjiU7rd7JPCi1--rjgwfIuBZXMBGWI
  5. We're talking about a temporary option for the Rays to split games with St. Pete. A permanent stadium would need 35,000+ capacity.
  6. I was actually thinking that. It looks like if they build on all that green area on the left side they could probably double stadium capacity to around 14,000-16,000 which I think would be enough (barely). Maybe they could add some more seats on the roof of that building on the right side too.
  7. Yep. There's a very long way to go in this process. But there at least seems to be a spark. We'll have to see what (if anything) happens.
  8. Only one problem (and it's a big one). The ESPN Complex baseball stadium (Champion Stadium) while visually nicer and more modern than Tropicana Field, it only has a capacity of 7,500. Even with the Rays low attendance at Tropicana Field they averaged nearly 15,000 people per game. So they'd sell out every game, but lose lots of money because a team would go bankrupt only drawing 7,500 people per game. Plus, Champion Stadium is technically in Kissimmee, not Orlando.
  9. Looks like things might be going somewhere. Rays ownership has meet with Pat Williams several times, and they discussed splitting Rays games between St. Pete and Orlando. Williams has said he is not interested in having the Rays in Orlando part time. He wants all their home games to be played in Orlando. The Rays ownership and Williams are continuing to have discussions. Is Orlando the future for the MLB’s Rays? Article: https://www.news-journalonline.com/sports/20200108/is-orlando-future-for-mlbs-rays?fbclid=IwAR25mpH6NutX4YuDP_LuSpb40VrA7JQD46YODVUzF-mm0_b1srRYCfqquBA
  10. I'll tell you why the Rays won't leave Orlando were they to come here. The Rays want to leave for two reasons, both involve their current stadium. First, their stadium is in a bad location far removed from downtown St. Pete. Secondly, their stadium sucks... BIGLY. Tropicana Field is a low budget hockey stadium built in 1990 that was crappy even when it was built. When the Rays became a team, they made a (failed) attempt to turn this cheaply built hockey stadium into something it wasn't designed to be, a MLB stadium. MLB even had to create special rules for Tropicana Field because the ceiling is too low because it wasn't built for baseball, so fly balls deflect off the rafters and can land anywhere. In summary, the Rays don't even have a baseball stadium. They have a makeshift hockey stadium that is nowhere near up to MLB stadium standards. If we showed Rays ownership that without a shadow of a doubt we would build them an ACTUAL MLB stadium, and a nice modern one to boot, they would come here in a heart beat. They're so desperate to get out of Tropicana that they're even floating the idea of moving to Montreal even though there's no stadium there or a promise of one, and MLB already failed there once.
  11. Because in this day and age, any city that wants a pro sports team has to foot the bill for the stadium. You don't have to like it. That's the reality. And I'd like to see you provide documentation to back up your claim that cities paying for stadiums never works out for the city, or even what that means. Having the Rays in Orlando, not only and MLB team but an AL East team no less, would put Orlando on the map in a big way. The Braves just got a new stadium in Atlanta and it cost $622 million. I'm sure the city of Orlando could find a way to get that built at a similar price with public and private investment. You have to spend money to make money.
  12. I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I'd ask the Rays what it would take for them to move to Orlando and do whatever they ask. If they want us to fully pay for and build a state of the art stadium at no cost to them, I'd do it. I don't think a Tampa and Orlando team could survive so close to each other. I think it would have to be one or the other.
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