The new ownership of Stuart Sternberg & Co. have come in and said Tropicana field is no longer Under Construction. If baseball was ever to work in Tampa for the long term, you couldn’t have asked for better timing with a World Series appearance and a young talented team. But, Mr. Sternberg has made it clear he is here to turn a profit. He wants the city and the fans to commit to the area, in the same way he committed to you. He wants the additional revenue streams that come along with the state of the art brand spanking new ballpark. Who could blame him, he made his riches as an investor.
But, can this thing work in Tampa? I say it can. But, it will come down to the last hours. The Tampa fans are just getting baseball after being tortured with a decade of miserable teams. Surely, the Tampa area does not want to see the the sign Stadium for Rent.