"Baseball can be a catalyst for economic development," Auld told the crowd of about 500 business leaders at Amalie Arena. He referenced cities like Baltimore and San Diego that have used stadium projects to enliven underdeveloped parts of the community.
He noted the 25-year history of Tropicana Field and acknowledged that the location of a new stadium – wherever it lands in Tampa Bay and whenever it gets built – will be the beneficiary of an economic spark.
[W]hen Auld said, "We are just getting started," it seemed to mean something else. It had less of a "think of the things we can accomplish together" feel to it and more of a "even though we've been talking about this for years, we are just getting started," feel.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Rays' New President Talks Stadium Saga
Brian Auld made his first public appearance as Rays' president this week, telling the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. the team wants to work with business leaders on a new park, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal's Chris Wilkerson: