- There are only so many tax dollars available for a stadium. If USF decided to build its own stadium, the school would undoubtedly ask Hillsborough County - and maybe also the city of Tampa - for contributions. And the school's talented lobbyist, Mark Walsh, would court the state legislature. But these are the same troughs the Rays would have to draw from.
- There are only so many private dollars available for a stadium. If USF is to make a stadium happen, it will have to lean on Tampa's biggest corporations for donations, sponsorships, and ticket commitments. There aren't many big businesses in Tampa, and the Rays are hoping to one day leverage them into contributions too.
- If USF leaves Raymond James Stadium, the NFL will pressure for upgrades. It's only a matter of time before the NFL tells Hillsborough County a 100%-financed stadium isn't enough and "if you ever want another Super Bowl again," tens of millions of dollars of upgrades will be necessary. Granted, this isn't a very good time to ask, but if USF ends its RayJay relationship for any reason, the NFL could pounce.
Monday, September 15, 2014
What USF's Stadium Dreams Mean for Rays
In addition to all the issues I pointed out this weekend about a possible football stadium on USF's campus, there's one more: it would make things more difficult for a new Rays stadium in Tampa for a few reason: