The winter home the Tampa Bay Devil Rays envision for themselves is not the one officials in St. Petersburg, Fla., see themselves providing.
Next year, the American League franchise will become the first team in modern history to hold spring training in the same city in which it plays its regular season games, and officials are hoping to avoid a showdown over proposed improvements for Al Lang Stadium.
Vince Naimoli, Devil Ray managing general partner, would like to nearly double the seating capacity of the downtown waterfront facility. He also wants to build suites, add a grassy knoll seating area and upgrade the scoreboard and concession areas.
Mayor David Fischer thinks the 6,680-seat stadium, the long-time spring training home for the St. Louis Cardinals, doesn't need major renovations.