Baseball Forever - St. Pete

The Baseball Forever Campaign is an initiative of the City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, residents, and fans of the Tampa Bay Rays. Please join us if you believe St. Petersburg should be the forever home of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Take the Pledge

It's time to take a stand to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. The City of St. Petersburg is developing a new ballpark proposal for the existing Tropicana Field site, and will soon be submitting this proposal to the Rays. The community's support for this is essential.

We now need to show our love and enthusiasm for the Rays, and ask that you pledge your support to encourage the Rays to build a new ballpark in St. Petersburg.

Please click the button below to pledge your support.

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RAYS BASEBALL FOREVER PLEDGE FORM


I/We Name of Person or Business, commit to the following, if the Rays build a new ballpark in St. Petersburg:









I hereby affirm my support for the Rays to remain in St. Petersburg:

 

Campaign Leaders

Mayor Rick Kriseman Signature

Mayor Rick Kriseman

Mayor, City of St. Petersburg
Chris Steinocher Signature

Chris Steinocher

President & CEO, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
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FAQ

The goal of Baseball Forever is to convince the Tampa Bay Rays that their current site, reimagined and redeveloped, remains the best location for Major League Baseball in Tampa Bay. However, we will work closely with the Rays, county officials, the private sector, and other stakeholders should the team identify a future stadium site adjacent to or impacting St. Petersburg.

No. Baseball in St. Petersburg has a rich history and a bright future. Only 30 cities have a Major League Baseball team, and we’re one of them! We believe smart redevelopment surrounding a new stadium on the Rays’ existing site offers the City and the team the greatest chance for success.

A master planning process that incorporates a new baseball stadium is underway. A master plan without a stadium may be considered at a later date.

The Kriseman Administration’s vision for the site is as followed:

“Eighty-plus acres of potential sit adjacent to St. Petersburg's Downtown - promising transformation that will elevate St. Petersburg, and all of Pinellas County, to one of the strongest economies in the region. A world-class job generator, development of the Trop site will produce high-skilled, high-wage employment opportunities in sectors targeted for growth by St. Petersburg's business community. Cutting-edge research, innovation, entrepreneurialism, livability and unique commercial, entertainment and sports opportunities will further differentiate this regional business center that will provide economic stimulus and activity for St. Petersburg's residents for many years to come.”

On October 20, 2016, a preliminary vision of the site was presented by HKS Architects following input from the public and stakeholders. The site redevelopment proposal can be viewed here.

A new stadium is likely to be built with both public and private funds. In this instance, the likeliest sources of funding are the private sector (the Tampa Bay Rays), Pinellas County (tourist development taxes), and the City of St. Petersburg (through the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site)

Mayor Kriseman does not believe St. Petersburg residents should pay increased taxes to build a new stadium.

The team’s use agreement with the City of St. Petersburg concludes following the 2027 season. Per the team’s understanding with the City, their ability to explore potential stadium sites expires on December 31, 2018. The Baseball Forever Campaign intends to present a prospectus to the team between the end of the 2016 baseball season and the beginning of the 2017 baseball season.

Join Baseball Forever, look for news and updates from us, and support our hometown team!

Beyond the regular and diverse compliments of ticket plans the Rays offer – from full- to partial-season tickets, two specific products the Rays offer work well for small businesses: The Local Business Starter Kit and/or Mobile Flex Packs.

Beyond the regular and diverse compliments of ticket plans the Rays offer – from full- to partial-season tickets, two specific products the Rays offer work well for small businesses: The Local Business Starter Kit and/or Mobile Flex Packs.

Not much. Mobile Flex Packs cost just $15 a ticket per game. And the highly-flexible Local Business Starter Kit starts at $5,000 but gives you much more in buying power.

This debit-card-style product is brand new for the 2016 season and is aimed at Tampa Bay’s small businesses that can’t commit to a season ticket plan but still want to avail themselves of the great opportunities to use Rays baseball for their business. The Local Business Starter Kit allows businesses to buy a la carte all the amenities of Tropicana Field with the preferred pricing of a season ticket holder. Rays also “top-off” your balance to give you more buying power ($5,000 investment is topped off to $5,500; $10,000 to $11,500!)

A trio of examples:

  • Purchase the best seats in the house – the all-inclusive leather seats behind home plate – for when an important client comes to town.
  • Reward top employees with enough seats for their entire family, anywhere in the stadium.
  • Rent a suite for a game to thank clients or employees.
And if a business doesn’t spend its full account this season, it rolls over to the 2017 season as long as the business invests again. More information here.

These are popular with all kinds of fans but can be great for a small business too. Per-game ticket prices are $15 and can be used to provide up to six tickets to any of the season’s games. Flex Packs can be purchased for as few as 10 tickets or as many as 40. More information here.

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