The plan is for this stadium to have a total capacity just under 31,000, a translucent roof, cost an estimated $892 million, and be open for the 2023 season. Rays president Brian Auld almost made a point of emphasis that this is a community asset and will be open to the public year-round.
#Rays Prez Brian Auld selling ballpark now as community asset, saying team wants it open to public year-round, where "kids can play in the outfield" and groups can do yoga on the same (synthetic) turf where outfielders are diving.— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) July 10, 2018
So, Auld is saying the playing surface will be open to the public year-round? Seriously? Yeah, that's probably not going to happen, and we're not the only ones who think that way.
The fact he came out and said this would be essentially a stadium for the public is preposterous. This pitch has all the makings of being a scam to have the public be fine with paying for this, which taxpayers most certainly don't want to do.