Tampa Bay Rays face major deadline Friday, urban planners to pitch new plan for Tropicana Field

Posted at 4:39 AM, Sep 30, 2016

A major deadline set for Friday in St. Pete's fight to keep the Rays.

The city is set to pitch a master plan for the Tropicana field site and the area surrounding the stadium.

The Rays are out of the playoff hunt, but the city of St. Pete is still in the game as they try to keep the team, but it won't be easy.

Architects have put together a model of what the new Tropicana field would look like.

The plan for the 86-acre site also blends retail, office, housing and park space.

The city and Mayor's office have been working since the start of the year on a plan that would entice the team to stay.

A complete draft concept is expected to be given to the team by the end of the season.

The Mayor's office says that keeping the Rays here was priority number one.

If things don't work out, they would move to option B, which would be developing the area into a space that would still be attractive for businesses and potential housing development.

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