More details on the Rays' plans

Today the Tampa Bay Rays submitted some more details on their plans for a new ballpark on the downtown waterfront. The "Detailed Design Submittal" and "Transportation and Parking Submittal" are available, as well as some other information, from the City of St. Petersburg.

Parking has been one of the key hot button issues for stadium opponents. The parking study suggests that there are about 14,000 parking spaces that would be available for game parking. This figure does not include the 7,000 on-street spots in the area.

The preliminary design package includes additional information regarding the design of the building (including the retractable sail roof), public amenities, streetscape improvements, and a sustainability plan. It is anticipated that the new stadium will achieve LEED certification, one of the first professional sports venues to do so.

Stay tuned for more as the RFPs for the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site are due next week on March 18th.

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