The proposed plan for the Tampa Bay Rays to spend part of their season in Florida and the other part in Montreal, has received support from three Tampa organizations.

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The Tampa Bay Chamber, South Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber released a joint statement Thursday backing the move.

Right now, the Rays are exploring the idea of an open-air stadium in Ybor City to house the team during the first-half of home games.

The plan would then call for the Rays to spend the second half of their season playing at an open air stadium in Montreal.

"The Chambers supports this as a viable concept to ensure that baseball remains and thrives in this community for years to come," the groups said in a joint statement. "Tampa Bay's rich history has been and remains to be influenced by the game of baseball. The Chambers recognizes this connection and will continue to support efforts to maintain this rich heritage."

The groups also said they support keeping soccer's Tampa Bay Rowdies in the region.