Plans For $1.7 Billion MLB Stadium In Orlando
Are they trying to lure the Rays from Tampa Bay? Pat Williams who is the co-founder of the Orlando Magic unveiled plans for a new 45,000-seat baseball stadium. The plan is to get a major league baseball franchise to Central Florida, whether that’s the Rays or a expansion team. The “Orlando Dreamers” new stadium would be across from Sea World on I-Drive and would include retail shops, restaurants, office space, and 1,000 hotel rooms.
The new stadium will cost around $1.7 BILLION, which Williams says a lot of that would come from public funding and the rest would come from the Rays (if they were to relocate) or the owner of whatever MLB team that decides to make Orlando their home.
Rays owner Stu Sternberg says he wants a new stadium deal done by the end of the year, so this Orlando plan adds a lot more pressure on the Tampa Bay area to get a deal done. Tampa Bay Rays or not, Williams believes he can bring Major League baseball to Orlando. [Source: Fox 13]
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