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Posted Tuesday September 28, 2010, About: Longoria calls fans' effort embarrassing
I live in Tampa and honestly the problem with going to Rays games is driving over the bridge into St. Pete. St. Pete is more of a retirement city than Tampa. Tampa loves winners, when the Bucs were winning there was an 80,000 person waiting list for tickets. (Located in Tampa) The Lightning were sold out for two years after winning the Stanley Cup (Located in Tampa) and the Rays being in the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years can't get 15K to a game. Here is why. Lets say they are playing the Royals or Indians. Teams that stay in the bottom of the standings. Well from Tampa you have to drive 45 minutes to get to the game. That is not bad. But after the game you are stuck on the bridge back from St Pete (which is the only way home) for three hours. And that is only at an attendance level of 15 thousand. When the Yankees and Red Sox are in town it takes me 4 hours or more to get home. With everything it is about location. A restraunt in the wrong location will fail. Well now we know so will a baseball team in the wrong location. You want attendance make a proposal where the new stadium is in Tampa and not in St. Pete. Why ownership loves that city amazes me. Why don't they try doing polls and asking people. The news down here has covered this problem several times and each new proposal by the Rays keeps them in St. Pete. Its a shame but not many people want to go to a baseball game and then drive the same amount of time it takes to get to Miami just to get home.

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