A decision has finally been made about the future of the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. The Rays are set to announce a deal for a new downtown St. Petersburg stadium. The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the deal will be announced on Tuesday. The stadium will be built near where Tropicana Field sits now. It will be part of the re-development of the 86-acre historic Gas Plant District. The first season the Rays will play in the new stadium will be for the 2028 season. The stadium is expected to have a fixed dome roof, artificial for artificial turf field and have seating for around 30,000 fans. It will cost in excess of $1.2 billion. The Tampa Bay Rays, the City of St. Petersburg and Pinellas County will contribute to the funding of the new stadium.

The Rays have currently been playing at the Trop since their inaugural season in 1998. This is their 25th anniversary season. Tropicana Field was originally opened in 1990. It was called the Florida Suncoast Dome. In 1993 the Tampa Bay Lightning moved from the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds into the Florida Suncoast Dome. It was then changed to the ThunderDome. It became the name Tropicana field in October 1996. Tropicana is based in Bradenton and signed a 30 year naming rights deal.

The Rays just clinched a playoff berth for the fifth time in a row over the weekend.

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