Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg arrived at Tropicana Field on Tuesday morning and took time to answer a few questions about the season, expectations and, what else, the stadium issue:

Q: Do you have a prediction for this season?

Sternberg: “Meaningful games in the month of September. I never come past that. That’s my goal, that’s my hope, that’s my expectations.”

Q: What does Opening Day mean to you?

Sternberg: “It’s probably the one day that transcends the ownership of the team and goes back and speaks to me and my childhood and everything else, the bunting and everything. You sort of remember where you spent Opening Days over the years. A couple of times I missed school, so Opening Day is meaningful.”

Q: What do you feel about the state of the team?

Sternberg: “Real good. It’s possible I felt better last year and I was very concerned with the optimism. It feels a little strange because it’s not an all-consuming focus on the Yankees and Red Sox, so that’s a little odd even though we just always try to take care of our business, when you have your world get a little topsy turvy that finds it’s way to seep into my thinking a little bit.”

Q: How do you feel to see the Rays picked by some to get to and even win the World Series?

Sternberg: “Uneasy. Very uneasy. We play it better without the great expectations. I feel better without the expectations, and quite frankly as we saw last year in our own division we had a team that could have won 100 games won under 70 and another one that could have won under 70 beat us out of the playoffs, so it’s great stuff.”

Q: Any urgency with the stadium issue?

Sternberg: “It is not, because I understand the situation. The business leaders, politicians understand the situation. MLB understands. I think a couple few years ago it was still part of the learning process. We had a pretty good sense of where things were. A good deal of frustration is that other people didn’t get a sense of where everything stood. So now everybody is on level playing field as it is and we can just be concerned about playing ball and let us work on what we’re working on.”