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St. Pete City Council to discuss Trop renovations on Monday

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Proposed renovations to the outfield areas of Tropicana Field will be discussed on Monday. Proposed renovations to the outfield areas of Tropicana Field will be discussed on Monday.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

The outgoing mayor of St. Petersburg says he doesn't believe that Major League Baseball wants to stay in Pinellas County or even the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Bay Times reported that Bill Foster, whose term ends in January, said he was negative about the Tampa Bay Rays' future.

For years, Rays’ team officials have believed Tropicana Field is poorly located and cannot support a long-term winning franchise. The team's attendance has been so low that other teams subsidize Tampa Bay through revenue sharing.

Incoming Mayor Rick Kriseman must figure out how to protect St. Petersburg's financial interests in a baseball stadium it is still paying off, negotiate with a team that wants to explore options beyond Pinellas and also prevent the team from leaving the region altogether.

During a city council meeting on Monday St. Pete officials will discuss proposed renovations to the Rays home stadium. On the table is approximately $1.3 million worth of improvements to the facility. The money will come from the city’s Tropicana Field Capital Projects Fund.

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