The Tampa Bay Rays Should Play 3 Series A Year In Montreal Right Now
With horrible attendance each year, coupled with the recent success of exhibition games at Olympic Stadium over the last few years, along with the stadium issue sill being prominent in the area, the Rays should host 9 – 10 games in Montreal, QC, Canada.
My idea would be to have one series in the French Province against the Jays, one against the Boston Red Sox and also one set of games versus the Yankees.
Considering the amount of traveling fans from these 3 AL East contending clubs, I would think the contests would be well attended.
This schedule would still allow the Tampa Bay Rays to hold 2 other series in St. Petersburg versus all 3 clubs.
With the 19 Games a year versus Division rivals, this is a good way to have the Rays also not create team fatigue within their home dates.
During the latest CBA renewal vote, the Rays and owner Stuart Sternberg were the only franchise to vote no against the proposal. It is easy to see why when the Luxury Tax Thresholds still don’t hit until $195 MIL in team payroll.
Considering the recent success of the Orioles and Jays in the last few years, all 4 other AL East clubs will likely exceed $150+ MIL in payroll, while Tampa is barely half of that.
Tampa finished dead last in MLB Attendance yet again with 1.286 MIL people coming through Tropicana Field in 2016. You can’t tell me if the city of Montreal hosted 10 games a year right now – that they would not bring in about 40, 000 fans per game if that were the situation.
If the club averaged its usual 15K for for the other games, they could raise their attendance by about 200, 000 – 250, 000 people. It would serve both as a warning to the city of Tampa, but it could also be seen as a nice trail for the MLB if the city of Montreal would support another club.
Sternberg could also see what it may be like should he ever want to relocate/or even sell to a city like Montreal once the Tropicana Field lease is finally off the books for the club in 2027.
By Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner)
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Posted on January 24, 2017, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged AL East, boston red sox, new york yankees, olympic stadium, St. Petersburg, stuart sternberg, tampa bay rays, toronto blue jays, tropicana field. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.