St Pete council rejects deal with Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The St. Petersburg City Council has rejected a deal reached earlier this month between the Rays and the city’s mayor that would have allowed the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

The council voted 5-3 Thursday to reject Mayor Rick Kriseman’s proposed agreement.

The team has played since its inception in Pinellas County at what now is called Tropicana Field. The agreement would have allowed the Rays to evaluate sites on the east side of the bay in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located.

The deal also would have established how much the Rays would have had to pay the city if they left their current home before their Tropicana Field lease expires in 2027.

The Rays have been able to consider only alternative sites in St. Petersburg and surrounding Pinellas County.