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Hillsborough County commissioners to discuss Tampa Bay Rays' future

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jun 19, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A briefing about the Tampa Bay Rays will be discussed during the Hillsborough County Commissioner meeting Wednesday morning.

Last year, a plan to get the Rays to move from St. Petersburg to Ybor City failed. Currently, the ball team is under contract to play at Tropicana Field until 2027.

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But, the stadium has had some issues of its own and could make a brand new stadium across the bay more alluring to the team.

This season, there have been two power outages. One during a Thursday night game against the Los Angeles Angels and another during a game against the New York Yankees back in May. Both of those blackouts delayed the game for more than 30 minutes.

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Couple that with low attendance rates and this could create the perfect storm to get the team to relocate. When the Rays swept the Toronto Blue Jays in May, they also set a record low attendance. There were less than 6,000 fans in the stands on May 29. The team has the worst attendance rate in the league behind the Miami Marlins.

ABC Action News will keep you updated on Wednesday's developments at the Hillsborough County Commissioner meeting.