Rays’ New Stadium? What About The Bucs’?February 24th, 2010
Hearing all the buzz about Tampa Bay Rays’ ownership claiming to need a new stadium in order to keep the team competitive for the long haul, Joe couldn’t help but smirk.
Officials in Hillsborough County and Tampa are pretty cold to the idea (exception being Tampa city council candidate Scott Strepina), per yesterday’s St. Pete Times’ report. And there’s little enthusiasm among the political powers in Pinellas County, as well.
Joe wonders whether the Hillsborough and Tampa folks are thinking ahead — without saying anything — to the fact that the fancy stadium that hosts the Bucs and Super Bowls on Dale Mabry Highway won’t always be a jewel and won’t always satisfy the Glazers.
What’s the shelf life on that stadium? Twenty years? This years will be the 13th football season in the “new” stadium, aka The C.I.T.S.
Notice that the Dophins’ stadium in South Florida, which opened in 1987 (a mere 11 years older than the C.I.T.S), has already been deemed unworthy of future Super Bowls by the NFL unless substantial, pricy upgrades are made.
Joe can surely see a scenario in four years that has the rejuvenated and playoff-bound Bucs going public with their need for a stadium, pulling relocation scare tactics and claiming it’s necessary for Tampa to remain a Super Bowl host.
Joe’s not one to give politicians credit for being intelligent and forward-thinking, but the Hillsborough folks have to know that a push for new Bucs stadium — and possibly one for the Yankees — isn’t that far off.