Hello Rays fans, I am planning a business trip to Miami in mid-August, and am going to look at renting a car, driving up to Tampa, and scheduling my return flight from there so I can catch a game at the Trop. Looking for advice from local fans.
First, I'm assuming car rental is the best way to make the 4.5 hour trip from Miami to Florida. Let me know if there's some sort of public transit I should consider.
Secondly, where should I look to stay the one night I will be in Tampa? I would prefer something on the cheap side close to the stadium to minimize driving, but want to avoid any 'bad parts of town' that I wouldn't know about, as I will be likely travelling by myself.
Lastly, I'm assuming the best way to get a single (maybe 2) ticket(s) will be to wait and scalp before the game? Maybe check StubHub as the game approaches, as I prefer to get into the games early and watch BP. Any recommendations on where to sit, anything must-sees at the stadium, or must-dos before/after the games?
Thanks in advance.
I frequently take the trolley from The Pier and get off right across the street from the Police Headquarters right nearby to the beer joint ... and walk along a sidewalk leading directly down to the stadium property and an entryway to the stadium. The closest stadium parking lots to the police station can't be much more than 100 yards away ... and it can't be much more than another 50 or 75 yards to a stadium entryway. (?)
And ... as I'm sure you well know ... the cops aren't going to be particularly quick to respond to, say, a fender-bender accident in a Trop parking lot ... plus ... the order of the day in terms of traffic control is ... move'em up and get'em out ASAP ... double ASAP ... and, I'm sure, anything else gets a second-tier priority (unless it's a medical emergency or major crime of some sort). (?)
(I recently had a car stolen ... went through the reporting process ... and then located the car myself two days later in a restaurant parking lot with the possibility that the thief was in the restaurant as a customer or employee ... and I immediately called and reported my find directly to MY pre-specified incident contact at the Sheriff's Department ... and while I surreptitiously and at a distance kept my car under survelillance in that parking lot ... it took nearly TWO HOURS for a sherriff's deputy to finally show up and take control of the matter. So ... the Great Bush Recession ... and its effects on reducing the number of available teachers, firemen and police ... among other public services ... apparently had an effect. ?)
Naimoli paid MLB $300 million to BUY an MLB franchise which he wished to locate in the City of St. Petersburg because they had a new, A/C'ed, domed stadium handy to house that team. Naimoli made money for revenues provided him by MLB via their reveue sharing plan. In turn, Sternberg bought the team and all its obligations from Naimoli for the $300 million that naimoli had paid MLB for the franchise. neither "invested in the area" ... BOTH "invested in a franchise" ... just as hundreds of thousands of other businesspeople nationwide have done, e.g., McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Jiffy Lube, etc.
And ... the reason the franchise was awarded to the City of St. Petersburg is very simple ... it was the ONLY possible expansion location which HAD A NEW DOMED BASEBALL STADIUM ALREADY BUILT AND READY TO GO!
An MLB baseball franchise is just another business ... and it brings FAR LESS direct economic benefit to its locale than do most other local businesses with similar annual revenues ... AND ... since Florida has no income tax ... and very low corporate taxes ... an MLB team ... and the salaries it pays ... add very little to the tax coffers in those respects ... plus ... since Tropicana is City-owned ... there aren't even any advolarem or school taxes able to be collected on, really, the only high-dollar-value physical asset an MLB team night have! (Unlike a Wal*Mart, for instance, which has to spend $100 million on building its own place of operations ... while paying a few million in property and school taxes on it EVERY year. In fact ... a Super-Wal*Mart (or a major shopping center) probably has W-A-Y more economic benefit to a city, county and state than does an expansion MLB franchise!)
Either way ... the issue isn't "how much each taxpayer has to put up" ... the REAL ISSUE is ... HOW MANY MORE VALUABLE PUBLIC USES ARE THERE FOR THE MONEY!!!
The City of St. Petersburg ... for a city of its size ... probably has one of the nicest downtowns ... and clearly one of the nicest waterfronts ... in the U.S. There's clearly NO comparison to Tampa ... which has been laboring (pretty unsuccessfully) with its unfortunate downtown area for the last 50 or so years that I know of.
(You know ... like their are extreme idiot political partisans ... there are apparently similar extreme idiot Tampa partisans. It usually boilds down to those kinds of people not really having a clue.)
Your mini-minded and condescending sarcasms are nothing more than geeky middle-schoolisms.
If downtown Tampa is your idea of an aesthetic, vital, vibrant, economically-well-developed and highly desirable central city which accomodates both attractive employment and entertainment resources and options for a diverse citizenry of all ages ... well ... you're entitled to that opinion ... regardless of how uninformed and unrealistic it may be.