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Posted Friday August 30, 2013, About: Owners tired of supporting Rays
The other factor is that if it were in Tampa, you'd pull a significantly larger number of people from Orlando who could conceivably come to a weeknight game and get home before midnight. Not even remotely possible with a stadium in St. Pete.
Posted Friday August 30, 2013, About: Owners tired of supporting Rays
The stadium is in St. Pete, for starters, not the population center of the region, Tampa. Its about a 25 mile drive for most people, which isn't too bad distance wise, but in practice, blows. I'll give you an example. Let's say its a weeknight game starting at 7pm. If you get out of work at 5pm, you're hitting the interstate from downtown during rush hour when EVERYONE is driving out of Tampa, not in. So you're not going against traffic to see a game, you're going with it. In rush hour. For 25 miles. That means, at best, you're walking up to the stadium after drive time, parking, etc. just before game time. Add the 3:30 hours a typical baseball game lasts, tack on the drive back home, and you're talking about an almost 8am-11:30pm day just to see a game. If you have kids, its nearly impossible to see a night game without taking time off from work to get out early, get home, grab the kids, and then get geared up for your drive to game. Again, getting home well past 11:00 on a school night. Throw in the fact that the stadium is a total POS. Thats why no one goes.

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