Since 1996, the New York Yankees have called George M. Steinbrenner Field home and they’ll continue that tradition until the year 2046, as they have agreed with the Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) to a license agreement extension and a proposed renovation to the park itself.
By the time Spring Training rolls around in 2017, $40 million will have been invested in a brand new outfield concourse that will offer 360 degree views of the entire park and more open space for fans to move around the park.
The agreement still needs to be approved by the suits in county and municipality, but after the go ahead construction will begin.
Steinbrenner Field has undergone renovations once before in 2007, when it was called Legends Field. However, on March 27, 2008, with the Boss in failing health, the park was renamed in his honor.
In reality, it would be nice if the surrounding area of the park and Raymond James Stadium, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, received a fan facelift as well. Both lie on a long stretch of barren North Dale Maebry Highway with few restaurant and bar options for fans. Maybe Ybor City could somehow be transported to the pinstriped vicinity.
Anyways, lets get real, The Yankees weren’t going anywhere. How could they leave Steinbrenner Field located at 1 Steinbrenner Way? Seems quite blasphemous.