Ranked 29th out of 30 teams in average attendance, the Rays are struggling to fill seats at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The stadium itself and its location are often cited as top reasons why a winning team can’t get fans to come out to ballgames.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has criticized Rays’ attendance.
"To study the attendance figures every day and see that they're 29th in attendance, it's inexcusable," Selig said in July 2012,according to St. Pete Patch. "Nobody can defend that. This is a very competitive baseball team."
After months of standing his ground, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster seems to agree. While he’s said in the past he wouldn’t support the Rays looking elsewhere in Tampa Bay to play, he’s now singing a different tune.
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