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Fenway
05-14-2007, 04:14 PM
Hoping to better familiarize the Orlando market with the team, the Rays moved their three-game series against the Rangers that begins Tuesday to The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.



http://tampabay.devilrays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070514&content_id=1964244&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb

and suddenly the Rays owner is crying he needs a new stadium


Sternberg told The New York Times that Tropicana Field has a "shelf life" of five years. While he backed off that hard timetable Tuesday, Sternberg made it clear that he did not expect the Rays to call Tropicana Field "home" much longer than five to 10 more years.


http://www.tbo.com/sports/rays/MGBMFKHBI1F.html

He is hinting he might buy out the lease from St Pete.

people in Orlando don't seem impressed as they games are not sold out and the park only holds 9,000

of course box seats costing $119 might be a reason :tongue:



https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/248/905/10m/origin.media.ticketmaster.com/en-us/tmimages/venue/maps/flo/price_graph_18132.gif

INSox56
05-14-2007, 04:44 PM
Saw a Braves-Expos game there 5 or so years ago when Vlad was an Expo in the Spring. It's a really nice little park....for Spring training....but an actual game... I guess there are less expenses for running games out of there compared to the dome. That and you'll get more fans that'll go there for a night game after being in the park all day I'd imagine. Too bad the tickets are that expensive...seems a bit much for a minor league park.

MUsoxfan
05-14-2007, 05:07 PM
$15 lawn seats are absurd

Scottiehaswheels
05-14-2007, 05:09 PM
Who the hell were they playing for those prices? the AL Allstar team? I think thats part of the reason the D-Rays aren't drawing well... I took a look at their prices for seats at the Trop... For as crappy a team as they have, they have some ridiculous pricing on their tix... They need to go the Royals route before they go the Red Sox route...

eriqjaffe
05-14-2007, 05:12 PM
Who the hell were they playing for those prices? the AL Allstar team?Umm...would you believe Texas?

Scottiehaswheels
05-14-2007, 05:14 PM
Umm...would you believe Texas?ah Sammy Sosa :D:

eriqjaffe
05-14-2007, 05:15 PM
Some day, Dave Wills will get a job doing play-by-play for a major league team! ;)

ilsox7
05-14-2007, 05:22 PM
Saw a Braves-Expos game there 5 or so years ago when Vlad was an Expo in the Spring. It's a really nice little park....for Spring training....but an actual game... I guess there are less expenses for running games out of there compared to the dome. That and you'll get more fans that'll go there for a night game after being in the park all day I'd imagine. Too bad the tickets are that expensive...seems a bit much for a minor league park.

I played on those fields a few years back. It's a nice complex and definitely suitable for a minor league organization like TB.

PKalltheway
05-14-2007, 10:58 PM
It's a nice complex and definitely suitable for a minor league organization like TB.
:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :roflmao: :roflmao:

HotelWhiteSox
05-14-2007, 11:04 PM
http://media.ticketmaster.com/en-us/tmimages/venue/maps/flo/price_graph_18132.gif

They are insane!

MUsoxfan
05-14-2007, 11:45 PM
If they had a $35-$5 price range, they'd sell out. Why I'm not director of baseball marketing for a MLB team I'll never know:cool:

MiamiSpartan
05-15-2007, 06:02 AM
Orlando makes some sense vs Tampa for a major league team. In ten years, it is supposed to be the largest city in Florida. They have unlimited land to build on there unlike every other major city in the state.

ewokpelts
05-15-2007, 09:32 AM
http://tampabay.devilrays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070514&content_id=1964244&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb

and suddenly the Rays owner is crying he needs a new stadium



http://www.tbo.com/sports/rays/MGBMFKHBI1F.html

He is hinting he might buy out the lease from St Pete.

people in Orlando don't seem impressed as they games are not sold out and the park only holds 9,000

of course box seats costing $119 might be a reason :tongue:



https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/248/905/10m/origin.media.ticketmaster.com/en-us/tmimages/venue/maps/flo/price_graph_18132.gifthe expos pulled this same folly when they went to puerto rico. $89 dollars for a ticket to watch the expos? even though puerto rico uses the us dollar, thier economy couldnt support 89 dollar tickets.

DSpivack
05-15-2007, 11:17 AM
Orlando makes some sense vs Tampa for a major league team. In ten years, it is supposed to be the largest city in Florida. They have unlimited land to build on there unlike every other major city in the state.

Others have mentioned this before, but if the stadium was actually in Tampa they'd probably draw better. Instead, it is across the bay in St. Pete. That said, I do think Orlando would be a better market for baseball than Tampa, eventually.

soxfanatlanta
05-16-2007, 10:07 AM
Others have mentioned this before, but if the stadium was actually in Tampa they'd probably draw better. Instead, it is across the bay in St. Pete. That said, I do think Orlando would be a better market for baseball than Tampa, eventually.

I agree about St. Pete being a bad place for a ballpark; why would you go to a ballgame when one of the nicest beaches in the state is 20 minutes away? But for Orlando being host to MLB; sorry, there's no way in hell that happens. Orlando is a tourist destination, and nothing more.

Fenway
05-16-2007, 10:11 AM
Orlando yawns

http://www.tampabay.com/2007/05/16/images/Rays_Sternberg300.jpg

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg sits alone in a mostly empty section of the upper deck before the game.

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/16/Rays/Sternberg_s_blind_amb.shtml

Fenway
05-16-2007, 10:12 AM
Orlando yawns

http://www.tampabay.com/2007/05/16/images/Rays_Sternberg300.jpg

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg sits alone in a mostly empty section of the upper deck before the game.

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/16/Rays/Sternberg_s_blind_amb.shtml (http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/16/Rays/Sternberg_s_blind_amb.shtml)

"Would I rather have 30, 000 people in the stadium or 1-million watching on TV?" Sternberg said. "I think I would probably rather have 1-million people watching on TV. It's more important to know that 1-million people do care. And, from a money standpoint and the advertising, there's more revenue derived there.

"The Red Sox draw people on TV in Maine, all over Massachusetts, down in Connecticut, Hartford and New Haven. People three hours away, for goodness sakes. I know they're the Red Sox, and I know we're not. It's going to take us a long time. But you have to start. And here's where I'm starting. I'm putting my flag in the ground right here, and I get everything in between."

FedEx227
05-16-2007, 11:03 AM
It's going to be a slow process, nobody can look for a quick-fix thats why I like Stu's approach. He understands you need to build a demographic slowly. To me, a decent baseball team and cheaper ticket prices are the building blocks.

ewokpelts
05-16-2007, 11:28 AM
It's going to be a slow process, nobody can look for a quick-fix thats why I like Stu's approach. He understands you need to build a demographic slowly. To me, a decent baseball team and cheaper ticket prices are the building blocks.yeah, but this jagbag is already saying he needs a new stadium, despite promising to NOT bitch and whine about his stadium.

Fenway
05-16-2007, 11:30 AM
yeah, but this jagbag is already saying he needs a new stadium, despite promising to NOT bitch and whine about his stadium.

He is learning the hard way people from the Tampa side WILL NOT go to Pinellas County for anything outside of going to Clearwater beach,

FedEx227
05-16-2007, 04:11 PM
He has every right to bitch. Have you ever been to that field? It couldn't be farther from the metropolitan area of Tampa. It's in a very small area of St. Pete, it's awful inside, dingy, etc. He has every right to bitch about it. Granted he said he wouldn't but I really think a new stadium closer to downtown Tampa will really energize the fanbase/team.