Tampa Bay Rays reveal new stadium design

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - The Tampa Bay Rays have revealed the design for a new ballpark they hope to build in Ybor city.

On Tuesday, members of the Rays organization joined architects and designers to unveil renderings of the new park. 

The total cost of the project is estimated at $892,429,823. The ballpark itself is expected to cost $809 million while the infrastructure is expected to cost $83 million.

Nearly $245 million alone would go toward the park's fixed, translucent roof.

The stadium would have 28,216 fixed seats and an additional 2,626 standing room spots. The total capacity of 30,842 would be the smallest of all Major League Baseball stadiums. Designers say that makes it the most intimate ballpark, designed for fans.

The park would also have a variety of seating options, including fountain seats and picnic suites.

Designers say the proposed park would not only be tailor-designed for baseball, but would also be flexible and serve the community on non-baseball time.

The team also stressed the sustainability and the accessibility of the proposed site of the park. Architects who helped choose the site says it's within a 30-minute drive of 1.6 million people.

The Rays have an agreement with the city of St. Petersburg that allows them to look for a new location outside of the city, but that agreement ends on the last day of 2018.

Any new construction within the Ybor Historic District must be approved by the Barrio Latino Commission.

At least part of the property the team wants to build on falls within the historic district and depending on the orientation of the facility, some of the building or it's parking facilities may come under review by the Barrio.

Travis Horn is the incoming chairman of the Ybor Chamber of Commerce and believes the new stadium design will fit nicely with the character of Ybor.

"They want to do the right thing. They've emphasized from the start they realize this is a historic district, that it is a gem, that it is authentic and that's one of the reasons that drew them to historic Ybor City," said Horn.

During the Rays televised game against the Mets on Saturday, principal team owner Stu Sternberg told the audience he believes the new stadium design will be a hit.

"It's going to be the most fan-friendly, forward-thinking park that I think has been contemplated to this point," said Sternberg.

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