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The history of the Tampa Rays stadium search and what happens next

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Posted at 8:52 AM, Jun 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 11:08:45-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If you've followed the Tampa Bay Rays for any amount of time; you know how the stadium saga has played out. There's been talk about moving out of Tropicana Field for years, seemingly without any real progress ever being made.

From a stadium in Tampa, to a new site in St. Pete, to a partial season in Montreal, and now, even rumors of Nashville, fans can only help but wonder what will become of their beloved Rays.

So, how did we get here? Here is a general timeline of all the recent news about the Rays and their never-ending stadium search:

Oct. 24, 2017

Feb. 9, 2018

March 22, 2018

March 26, 2018

June 7, 2018

July 10, 2018

July 11, 2018

Dec. 5, 2018

Dec. 11, 2018

Jan. 4, 2019

June 20, 2019

June 25, 2019

July 22, 2019

July 28, 2019

Aug. 7, 2019

Oct. 9, 2019

Feb. 7, 2020

Feb. 9, 2020

Feb. 10, 2020

Feb. 11, 2020

Jan. 26, 2021

March 8, 2021

June 1, 2021

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