If they haven't made their point yet, the Rays presented more evidence Wednesday afternoon that they suggest shows Downtown St. Pete is too remote of a location to sustain a Major League Baseball team in the long-term.
At the first ABC Coalition meeting in two months, Rays Vice President Michael Kalt presented 2009 attendance data that showed a 3% overall improvement from 2008. However, despite the Rays posting a winning record for just the second time in team history, weekday attendance - when fans would have to deal with rush-hour drives - was down 7%.
The coalition also presented its report on corporate support, which indicated most big businesses in Tampa don't spend money on Rays season tickets. They concluded it was because the stadium was too far for their employees or clients to reach conveniently.
The ABC Coalition is working on its final report, which likely won't include a specific stadium site or suggested date for replacing Tropicana Field.
ABC Chairman Jeff Lyash said the group will try and finalize its observations for its December 16 meeting, then bring it to elected officials and the public for more input.
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