St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster looks to amend Tampa Bay Rays deal with city

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St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster

St. Petersburg, Florida -- St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster is proposing changes to the city's contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. His changes would allow the Rays to look for a new stadium on land outside of St. Petersburg, but only if it abuts the city.

"If it involves a parcel of development that might be outside of the city but abuts, then we can look at annexation as a way to get it into the city," Foster said.

A spokesperson for the Rays told 10 Connects on Tuesday that they would not be commenting on the Mayor's proposed changes. 

Last month Rays owner Stuart Sternberg made it clear the team would not play in Tropicana Field past 2027.

By amending the current agreement, Foster says sites like Derby Lane and Pinellas County's Airco Golf Course could be possible sites for a new Rays stadium.

But Foster also had a strong message for other elected officials and groups in the area talking about possible stadium sites outside St. Petersburg.

"If we don't get this amendment, then we're going in a whole different direction. But we don't need the interference of people from the other side of the Bay."

Foster's proposed changes will still need to be approved by the City Council.

Preston Rudie, 10 Connects

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