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Rays Plan New Ballpark

. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled plans
Wednesday to build a $450 million open-air waterfront stadium with a
retractable roof.
The club wants to replace Tropicana Field with a 34,000-seat
ballpark that would go up on the downtown site of Al Lang Field,
where the franchise currently plays spring training games.
The Rays would pay about a third of the cost, with much of the
rest hinging on the sale and redevelopment of Tropicana Field and
the land surrounding the domed stadium.
Local voters also would have to OK the use of the Al Lang site.
And, the team also would like the Florida Legislature to kick in
about $30 million.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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