Tampa Bay Rays Put Relocation Rumors To Rest With Brand New $1.3 Billion Stadium

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Yes! The Rays are staying put in Florida!

The Tampa Bay Rays, who currently sit at 92-59 on the season and are bound for the playoffs, put the finishing touches on plans Tuesday for a brand new $1.3 billion stadium in St. Petersburg that will fit 30,000 people, according to NBC Tampa.

The stadium is part of a massive $6.5 billion development that will feature affordable housing, restaurants, retail, bars and a Black history museum, according to ESPN.

Slated to be built in time for Opening Day 2028, the stadium will reportedly be constructed on the same 86-acres of downtown land where Tropicana Field currently sits. In a Monday interview, co-president of the Rays Brian Auld said when the new ballpark is done, Tropicana will be demolished, according to ESPN. (RELATED: Alex Rodriguez Snitched On Other MLB Superstars Who Were Using Steroids, Bombshell Documents Show: REPORT)

However, the plan still needs to clear some political hurdles when it comes to funding and approvals.

Nonetheless, it looks like the Rays will be staying in St. Petersburg after a whirlwind of rumors circulated suggesting the team was going to relocate, including moving across the Bay to Tampa, leaving for Nashville, Tennessee and splitting home games with Montreal.

The Rays confirmed the stadium on their official website and on social media.

Grab your cigars, Florida! The Rays and their postseason ways are staying put in the Sunshine State!