It's been a minute since there's been substantive motion on the Tampa Bay Rays stadium what-have-you.
There hasn't even been much innuendo about it from a local mover and shaker (well, except for maybe this).
That dry streak will apparently end Friday, though, when the Tampa Bay Rays are expected to announce that they've selected a new stadium site in Tampa.
The announcement is slated to take place at the Tampa Baseball Museum in Ybor City. That locale happens to be near a site Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan said last October "has unlimited potential not only for a state of the art ballpark, but it will also catalyze significant economic development"
Rays president Brian Auld later told media the team would "evaluate."
The 14-acre site sits on the north side of Adamo Drive between Channelside Drive and East 4th Avenue.
Of course, if the Rays do announce they'd like to pursue a stadium at the site, there are quite a few more hurdles before there's a groundbreaking.
Namely, the question of how such a facility will be paid for.
The team ostensibly has an agreement with the City of St. Petersburg to play at Tropicana until 2027 — even so, the team's been expressing a desire to leave the site for at least a decade.
In 2015, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration agreed to allow the team to leave the Trop, but only if they chose a stadium site within Hillsborough or Pinellas.
Kriseman addressed City Council Thursday as the news broke, and expressed confidence that the team will ultimately decide to build a stadium on the site where it already plays — especially as stumbling blocks, namely finding the money to pay for a new stadium in a climate where taxpayers no longer stomach paying for stadiums, crop up.
“The easy part is picking a site," Kriseman said. "There are still a lot of questions that they don't have answers to.”