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Tampa Bay Rays identify new ballpark site

Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays have announced a site for their proposed new ballpark as they look to move away from Tropicana Field.

The Rays have selected a site in Ybor City in Tampa, which is the centre of Tampa’s historic cigar industry.

The stadium site covers 14 acres and it contained by Channelside Drive to the west, 4th Avenue to the north, 15th Street to the east, and Adamo Drive to the south.

The team currently plays at Tropicana Field, which is located across Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg.​

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said:

Ybor City is authentically Tampa Bay. This is where we want to be playing.

The new stadium is expected to cost around $800 million to build.

Meanwhile, all 30 MLB teams will have protective netting extending to at least the far ends of both dugouts installed by Opening Day, MLB said.

Image: The Rays currently play at Tropicana Field.