The last time we had a poll about the Tampa Bay Rays‘ never-ending stadium quest, residents were opposed (50-41%) to using any public money even if it didn’t affect their own taxes, and their favorite site for the Rays was for them to stay put at Tropicana Field rather than building anything new. That was way back in December, though, and since then feline prognosticators have the Rays the favorite to go to the World Series. So how do people in the Tampa area feel about spending tax dollars on a Rays stadium now?
An overwhelming majority of registered Pinellas voters oppose using tax dollars to construct a new stadium for the Rays. 63% of those surveyed oppose using public funds to build a new Rays baseball stadium in Pinellas County, while only 27% support the idea.
Even when asked if they would support using EXISTING bed tax income to build a new Rays baseball stadium, build a new Clearwater Aquarium, or for Gulf Beach Renourishment, only 24% of respondents support dedicating this money to a new Rays stadium. 41% of voters say they would prefer the bed tax money to go to beach renourishment.
That’s pretty overwhelming. Not that it’s going to stop Rays owner Stuart Sternberg from doing it anyway, though, because after all, he believes in baseball.