Rays 2020 Stadium Announcement  

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Tampa Bay’s major league baseball team The Tampa Bay Rays played their first season in 1998. Their domed-shaped stadium, Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, is synonymous with the team. After 20+ seasons at “The Trop” and declining attendance numbers, team owner Stuart Sternberg began looking for alternative options to keep the Tampa Bay Rays franchise in the Tampa Bay area.

Thus, the Rays 2020 movement was born! Rays 2020 is a “privately funded non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a new Rays ballpark to Tampa,” according to the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 website. This organization is spearheaded by “some of Tampa’s most forward thinking business and community leaders.” Speculation swirled as the Rays 2020 organization announced on February 9, 2018 that the future home of the Rays would be in Tampa’s entertainment and Latin district- Ybor City.

Support from local businesses and community leaders has been garnished through a collective referred to as the “Rays 100” who are “dedicated to ushering in the next generation of Rays baseball in Tampa Bay.” Together these community leaders and businesses hope to provide support to ensure the overall success of this monumental project by organizing open-forum discussions, gathering input from various stakeholders, easing the woes of certain pain points associated with the project and strengthening community support.

On July 10th, Rays supporters’ unveiled the proposed ballpark design renderings to the public. Global architectural firm Populous, which specializes in designing sports stadiums, headquartered in Kansas City was ultimately chosen to oversee the project.

The renderings released “signature entry plazas and dramatic sliding glass exterior walls [that] will bring the outside in [with] a fully-enclosed, translucent roof.” The $900 million dollar stadium will feature a 32,000-seat capacity. The stadium will also serve as a year-round entertainment venue.

Design emphasis is centered around the fan experience, from the intimacy of the seats to the action on the field. The new stadium is destined to be a center of social and community interaction. The hope is for the ballpark to “not only be the defining icon for Tampa Bay, but will be a catalyst for development for the surrounding neighborhoods and a year-round community asset.”

The selected 14-acre site of warehouses and parking lots will be completely revitalized.  The exact location of the stadium will be between the Selmon Expressway and Adamo Drive to the South, North 15th Street to the East, Channelside Drive to the West and East 4th Avenue to the North.

The new Tampa Bay Rays baseball stadium is slated to be ready by the start of the 2023 MLB season.




Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day

Celebrate Dad This Father’s Day with Hand-Rolled Cigars & Fine Dining in Ybor City, FL

Bring the family together to celebrate Father’s Day in historic Ybor City. Whether your ideal day is family pictures with the roosters in Centennial Park, exploring the eclectic mix of shops in Centro, ordering a perfectly crafted martini at Bernini’s or smoking the finest cigars available on 7th Avenue, there’s something here for everyone’s taste and budget. To help honor great dads, several area restaurants are advertising Father’s Day promotions such as a complimentary meal or specialty-run menu. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best events occurring this upcoming Father’s Day weekend. So, on Sunday, June 17th plan a visit to the historic Ybor district!

Plan on having a few drinks? Do not fret! Hop on the Southbound side of the TECOline Streetcar System at the Centro Ybor Station and be transported along Channelside and into downtown Tampa on Sundays between noon and 8:25 pm. Access the full timetable here.

GameTime Tampa Mega Arcade

1600 E. 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Sunday Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

father's day 2018 gametimeGameTime is guaranteed fun for the whole family! With a special Father’s Day 2018 promotion, Dad eats free*! The GameTime Tampa Mega Arcade location is just one of many across Florida. This 24,000 sq. ft. space offers over 120 games from retro classics, pinball, arcade fan favorites, shooting games, simulators and more! Read on for the complete list.

This is the perfect opportunity for a game of father-son air hockey or taking pictures in the photo booth. Challenge the family to a round of pool or customize your own music with the digital jukebox. The possibilities are endless as kids and parents earn points to redeem for prizes at the end of your visit. While you play and work up an appetite, stop by GameTime’s Restaurant & Sports Bar. The restaurant is located inside of GameTime and offers a variety American cuisine favorites from pizza and wings to Angus burgers. The menu even includes a kid’s menu and brunch selection.  

*Dad will received one entree or appetizer FREE with the purchase of one entree, appetizer or kids meal. Maximum to (2) offers allowed per table. Promotional offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Dine in only. Read on for more information.

Carne ChopHouse

1536 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Sunday Hours: 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

father's day 2018 carne chophouseLeave the grilling to Carne ChopHouse this Father’s Day! Dad gets a FREE Prime Rib with the purchase of any full-priced entree before 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Treat dad to a unique, expertly prepared dining experience that features the freshest, highest quality ingredients available. The Father’s Day 2018 menu includes Lobster Tail, Tomahawk Ribeye, Chateaubriand for two and so much more! Make your reservations now!

Father’s Day 2018 Dinner Specials


Shrimp Ajilio

A classic, jumbo shrimp wrapped in Applewood bacon baked with a honey bourbon glaze – $10.99

Fresh River Scallops

Scalloped fritters served with a sweet chili sauce – $11.99


Stuffed Lobster Tails

Two 5 oz. Cold water lobster tails

-Stuffed with shrimp and crab, served with drawn butter – $39.99

-Add a lobster tail with Entree for an additional – $11.99

Tomahawk Ribeye

15 inch 32 oz Bone on ribeye served with choice of 2 sides and 2 salads – $74.99

Chateaubriand for Two

Served with your choice of 2 sides and 2 salads – $59.99

14 oz Bone on Veal Chop

Served with choice of 1 side and 1 salad – $41.99


Bernini Innovative Italian Cuisine

1702 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Sunday Hours: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

father's day 2018 berniniBernini’s is home to the best Italian food in Ybor City. From oven-baked pizzas, sandwiches to the fine-wine selection, Dad is certain to find food and drinks that suit his palate. In addition to their full menu, Bernini’s has created a special menu to celebrate this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018. Enjoy dining outside after taking a waltz down 7th Avenue and exploring the rich history of Italian design and Cuban cigars.

Reservations are highly recommended.

Father’s Day 2018 Dinner Specials


Italian Jumbo Stuffed Meatball

Stuffed with fresh mozzarella served with a spicy Pomodoro sauce finished with crispy basil flakes – $9

Shrimp Scampi

Sauteed shrimp served traditional scampi style served with garlic toast points – $12


Cowboy Ribeye

Grilled served with bacon wrapped asparagus, grape tomatoes and truffle mashed potatoes finished with a Fig Balsamic reduction – $40

Stuffed Veal Chop

Stuffed with Spinach and fontana cheese grilled and served with broccolini, crispy onions and a fingerling potatoes topped with a Garlic butter cream sauce – $42



Topped with a Berry Compote – $8

Gaspars Grotto

1805 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Sunday Hours: 10:30 am – 3:00 am

father's day brunch gaspars grottoBring the whole family together and celebrate the great dads in your life. The ever-popular Booze Cruize Brunch is a local favorite. Treat your taste buds to over 50+ feet of brunch buffet-style spreads and ordering stations. Plus, every adult entree comes with complimentary unlimited mimosas and bloody marys!

Let dad indulge in everything from a waffle station, omelet station, carving station and pasta station to hot dishes, smoked salmon, salads, desserts, pastries and so much more!

Space will fill up quickly, so make your reservation now!

  • Adults dine for $39.95.
  • Kids age 6-11 & under dine fo $17.95.
  • Kids 5 and under eat free.

Doors open at 10:30 am and live music begins at 11:00 am.

  • 1st seating = 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 2nd seating = 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm