Tampa Bay Rays lift lid on ‘next generation’ ballpark

Major League Baseball franchise the Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled plans for a “next generation” ballpark that will be the most intimate in the league and feature a striking translucent roof.

The Rays and architectural firm Populous yesterday (Tuesday) revealed their design proposal for the ballpark located in Ybor City. The Rays have played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg since debuting in 1998. However, St. Petersburg granted the franchise permission to seek out new locations for a ballpark two years ago and the Rays in February settled on Ybor City, a historic Latin neighbourhood near downtown Tampa.

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