Petition Closed
Petitioning Mayor Bill Foster of St. Petersburg, Florida

Allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore new stadium options

Baseball in Tampa Bay is not only important to the fans but to the community as a whole. Commissioner Bud Selig of Major League Baseball state recently that he is highly disappointed with the attendance at Tropicana Field. Who can blame him? The Rays ranked last in attendance last year despite winning more than 90 games and finishing with their 5th consecutive winning season. Bud Selig also mentioned that it's not just St. Pete, but that it is all of the Tampa Bay area. As a bay area resident, I can assure Commissioner Selig that that is not true. The fans here love their baseball team. The issue is not whether or not there is enough pride in the area, but that the stadium itself is what is ruining the game here. Players, managers and executives of the Rays have expressed many times that they do not want to play at Tropicana Field any longer, as well as many of the fans having issues with the location. If the Rays are allowed to move the team to a more family-oriented area of the region, attendance will no longer be an issue. Nobody goes to a baseball game to strictly watch their team win.They go for the whole experience (which half of it is the being at an enjoyable stadium). Tampa Bay fans lose out on half the experience because we have to attend Tropicana Field. Mayor Bill Foster however has yet to stand down on his decision to make the Rays finish out there contract through the 2027 season. What he probably doesn't realize is that the contract will not be played out regardless, because MLB will take away the Rays all together well before 2027. If Mayor Foster doesn't stand down on his decision, he will single handily lose this team for everyone. By signing this petition, we are sending a message to the Rays, to Mayor Bill Foster, and to MLB, that the fans are standing behind their team. Hopefully this can be one way to try and persuade the Mayor and tell him that he is the only one who wants baseball in St. Petersburg. Lets save the Tampa Bay Rays now before it's too late.

Letter to
Mayor Bill Foster of St. Petersburg, Florida
Allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore new stadium options