Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hooray! More Tampa Land Available for a Stadium!

Today's Tampa Tribune brings us news of another property owner willing to sell her land to build a new baseball stadium.  This property, sandwiched between Ybor City and Downtown Tampa, would address a number of issues the city has been dealing with for years in that neighborhood, such as blight and lack of economic growth.

But before you waste too much time giving the proposal any credibility, realize a few things:
  1. Finding land isn't the problem in the Stadium Saga, it's finding money to build a stadium.  And of course, this proposal mentions nothing of a stadium funding source.
  2. There are a dozen reasons why a stadium in blighted Ybor City doesn't make sense.
  3. Fixing blight is a big reason why the Trop sits where it does, and how is that working out for baseball fans?
I don't know about you, but I'll file this one away with all the other proposed stadium sites in Downtown Tampa,  Ybor City, the State Fairgrounds, and of course, Brandon too.

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