This weekend, the St. Pete Times had an article about a flea market mogul offering land in Pinellas Park to the Rays for a new stadium. No surprise, he still hasn't heard back from the team four months later.
While a huge plot of land is nice - as I've explained several times - land isn't a problem for the Rays; financing is.
In other stadium news, Neil deMause over at Field of Schemes talks about a possible "ticket tax" that could help build a new arena in Edmonton.
I imagine that kind of idea would be popular in Tampa Bay. Surcharge the people who attend the games instead of everyone. This kins of plan would work better in Pinellas Co, where the funding gap is much smaller than it would be in Hillsborough County.
However, as deMouse explains, the problems with a ticket surcharge include possibly diminishing the benefit of a new stadium if the extra cost keeps people away and the damage price hikes can inflict on owners' profits. A lot of fans would have to think hard about spending an extra $5 (or more) per game just to go to a new stadium.