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Live: Rays to announce Ybor City as preferred stadium site

By Steve Contorno, Times Staff Writer
Published: February 9, 2018 Updated: February 9, 2018 at 01:04 PM
Warehouses occupy the site proposed for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium in Ybor City. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

TAMPA ó After years of speculation and courtship, the Tampa Bay Rays are finally expected to announce today that they want to relocate the team to Tampa, according to Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.

Rays Principal owner Stuart Sternberg will for the first time state publicly that the teamís preferred location for a new ballpark is in Ybor City near the Channel District, the commissioner said.

"This is a major step," said Hagan, who added he was given this news from the team. "Iím hopeful this will continue to build momentum on our effort to bring the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor.

LIVE: Coverage of the Raysí stadium announcement