I really feel like it was a combo of guilt and threats of teams moving to the trop. I think the rays could build an affordable stadium they built the nationals park for 611 million and the trop cost 231 million in 2012 dollars, I think they would either do a fixed dome again but with no catwalks or they would do an open air with a larger overhang then most stadiums. The owners already showed and open air concept in downtown st. pete, so it could happen. Finally Other sports in Tampa started with TV such as hockey and they still get good attendance. I just hope we can get a stadium in Tampa to show people we will come.
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.