The Tampa Bay Rays have started an unfortunate trend: for the second consecutive year, the team finished last in home attendance.
The Rays’ average turnout this season, 18,646 fans per night, probably will strengthen their argument that life at Tropicana Field is unsustainable and that they should be allowed to look around the region for a new ballpark. For now, no one expects any movement on the issue until St. Petersburg elects its next mayor on Nov. 5.
“I think if we have a new mayor we’ll likely begin negotiations again and get something that finally moves the ball forward,” said St. Petersburg City Council Chairman Karl Nurse, who has endorsed mayoral challenger Rick Kriseman over incumbent Bill Foster.
“The problem is the mayor and the owner (Stuart Sternberg) have terrible chemistry,” he added.