A company affiliated with Jeff Vinik, the Tampa Bay Lightning's owner, has purchased another large tract of land next to the Tampa Bay Times Forum. This purchase by Crestline Acquisitions Group LLC of Greenwood Village, CO included a number of parcels ranging from Channelside Dr to the South, East Finley to the North, South Ceasar St to the West and S Meridian Ave to the East. The purchase totaling $9.5M happened two weeks ago according to county records. Jeff Vinik is also currently in talks with the Port Authority to purchase the waterfront Channelside entertainment complex. Many believe 2nd large land purchase is part of a plan by Vinik to build a stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays in the Channel District across from the Forum.
The yellow outline shows the land that was purchased in Jan of 2011. The red outline shows
the land that was just purchased. (outlines estimated... not exact)