ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the New York Yankees 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field. Afterward, he addressed some lingering questions about the Rays stadium issue.
Currently, there are more unknowns than answers. In late January, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg met with commissioners from both Hillsborough County and Pinellas County. He has also held talks with St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster, who has said he wants the Rays to honor a contract that keeps them at Tropicana Field until 2027.
Here are some highlights from Buckhorns responses.
On the stadium issue: Were in a holding pattern. Were just waiting to see. Were doing all our due diligence to make sure if and when the time comes that well be ready. But were not involved in those negotiations at all.
On talks between the Rays and city of St. Petersburg: I get a sense that perhaps over the summer there may be some movement...