True story: The first Big League Stew post that ever went out on Yahoo!'s front page featured a new "sailboat stadium" proposal for the Tampa Bay Rays. That was early 2008 and luckily we've been a lot more successful than that ballpark plan. More than four years later, the Rays franchise still plays in the strangely lighted limbo that is Tropicana Field and we still harbor a keen interest in writing about the drawings for proposed stadiums.
The Rays still aren't anywhere close to finishing a deal for a new ballpark, but there's now another set of drawings out there. A development company named Echelon LLC unveiled its plan for St. Petersburg's Carillon Park on Friday afternoon. As the Tampa Bay Times writes, the proposed 35,000-seat stadium "represents the most detailed alternative to Tropicana Field since the team's own waterfront project fizzled in 2008."
There's also the matter of who's going to pay around $600 million for it, if it'll have a fixed or retractable roof or if there are even 35,000 people willing to fill this thing every night. But hey, the pictures are cool — check 'em out here — and some rich developers got a good excuse to hand out hot dogs as we all imagined a Rays future that doesn't involve playing baseball in a dank basement-like setting. You know, just like we dreamed back in 2008.
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