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Design unveiled for $800m Tampa Bay ballpark

The Tampa Bay Rays and architectural firm Populous have unveiled the proposed design of a new ballpark in Ybor City.

The scheme is projected to cost US$809m with additional infrastructure costs of US$83m and could be complete in time for the opening day of the 2023 Major League Baseball season.

The design includes a translucent roof to ensure comfortable temperatures and game certainty. Sliding glass exterior walls beyond center field and behind home plate are incorporated into the design in order to “bring the outside in”, offering a cross breeze as well as views of Tampa, Channelside and Ybor City.

The plan is for the ballpark to have 28,216 fixed seats and a total capacity of 30,842. A small upper level creates what is described as the closest vantage point of any modern ballpark, with a maximum distance of 204 feet from the field. There will be 17 seating areas and 21 distinct viewing platforms and social gathering spaces. The areas will be connected by a 360-degree concourse featuring complete views of the playing field.

The ballpark has been designed to be accessible design so that it can serve as a year-round community asset, with the potential for programming, events and partnerships. Its Ybor location is within a 30-minute drive of over 1.6 million people who live in the Tampa Bay area.

"I'm proud and incredibly excited to present our vision of a ballpark and one that is of, by and for the people of Tampa Bay," said principal owner Stuart Sternberg. "I speak for the whole Rays organization and the 20 years we've had here today that we expect to be here for generations to come. We believe that baseball can not only survive but thrive in Tampa, in Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay region."

 

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This article was published on 13 Jul 2018 (last updated on 16 Jul 2018).

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