According to the Times, the parties stuck to script and spent a few hours reviewing what the document means for the team's search moving forward. By all reports, it was a productive conversation about building a truly iconic new ballpark that revolutionizes the stadium experience, much as Camden Yards did nearly 25 years ago.
But the conversation reportedly did not include how to finance a new stadium. The Rays' dictated the agenda and VP Melanie Lenz was quoted as saying, "It's really hard to talk about financing a project that we don't know what it's going to look like and we don't know where it's going to be."
Well, I disagreed:
We've all searched for a new home or apartment, right? Or a car? Or a boat?That's great…Except, if you were looking for a new home, wouldn't "what can we afford" be the 1st ques you address? https://t.co/bYuf8mhv1m— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) February 5, 2016
Isn't "what's my budget" one of the very first things you discuss?
Except, the Rays don't want it to be. As the Times' editorial board writes this morning, "this is the fun part." This is the part where the team sells a grand vision with lots of pretty pictures.
It's also the part where the team hopes the region forgets $300M subsidizing a pro sports team may not be the best use of its tax dollars.
The editorial makes some good points, and it's worth a read, but we still haven't seen the board echo it's call for the Rays to open their books - and actually demonstrate a fininancial need - since they once did in 2011.
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