Post by Jesse McCree is #ALLELITE on Apr 28, 2018 23:57:23 GMT -5
South Florida only has four "big 4" teams, one in each sport: Marlins in MLB, Dolphins in NFL, Heat in NBA, and Panthers in NHL. Dolphins and Heat tend to do well, but the Marlins and Panthers, not so much. Though it certainly doesn't help the Panthers that they're like a good hour away from Miami proper in Sunrise. And that's with cooperative traffic and no real public transportation options.
Los Angeles metro alone has way more teams: Dodgers, Angels, Rams, Clippers, Chargers, Lakers, Kings, and the Ducks.
Different Marlins ownership groups keep burning the fans. The Rays actually do very well TV wise in Tampa. Problem is the stadium is in a crappy location.
I think it was said that the Rays stadium is a 30 minute drive from most of the Tampa population, on a good night. For most people going to the game, it takes over an hour. That's what everybody always says when talking about attendance. It's a beyond terrible location for a stadium.
Same issue in Arizona for the Coyotes hockey team. Went down for a friend's bachelor party a few years back(How very Canadian of us) and while the arena and the courtyard type area around the stadium with all the bars and restaurants and everything was really great, the distance between the arena and well...anywhere was astounding.
Post by Toilet Paper Roll on May 9, 2018 11:28:12 GMT -5
I get the need for a dome in Florida. I mean playing every game may-September in 88 degree weather with 100% humidity and daily thunderstorms makes it necessary. But that friggen dome looks like guys are being punished by playing there.
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As awful as cookie cutter stadiums were, they were built to last. Dome stadiums from the mid 1980s to late 90s decayed almost immediately. I mean, the St. Louis Dome is a glorified warehouse, and the Metrodome fell apart. Should be noted it was built in 1990 and by the time they did get a team, it was dated.
Where Tropicana Field is in Tampa Bay is essentially the senior citizens sector, and neither Tampa or St. Petersburg are willing to upgrade their confines (Tampa has a lifetime deal with the Yankees, while St. Pete doesn't have the resources), and after Loria fleeced Florida to both demolish the Orange Bowl & build a ballpark with too many baubles, there's no way the Rays will ever upgrade their venue unless they relocate.
Vegas is a hot ticket with NFL and NHL getting a team there
Won't be surprised if baseball tries to pull that with the Rays
I hope so. Vegas is building a new baseball stadium for the minor league team, but it only holds 10,000(which is still about 8,000 more people than the average Rays game). I guess they could play in the Raiders’ stadium.