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Brevard County Goes Trolling

Major League Baseball LogoIn an effort to persuade the Washington Nationals to keep their spring-training operations in Viera (FL) or find another team to take their place, Brevard County put together an eight-page brochure showing what 20-year-old Space Coast Stadium could look like with a proposed $29 million facelift.  The brochure was sent to Nationals executive last week and will be mailed to the other 29 MLB teams this week.  Read more here.

Space Coast Stadium Renovation Rendering

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Nats Strike Out in Osceola County

Washington Nationals WAfter hearing a wave of opposition from the tourism community, Osceola County (FL) commissioners Monday night voted 4-1 against building a $98 million spring-training complex for the Washington Nationals.  Read more here.

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Osceola County to Vote Monday On Spring Training Deal with Nats

Washington Nationals WThe Osceola County Commissioners on Monday will vote on whether to approve a plan to enter into an agreement with the Washington Nationals to construct a new $98 million spring training facility across U.S. Highway 192 from Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee (FL).  Read more here.

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Ocala (FL) Might Vote On Sales Tax for New Ballpark

Minor League Baseball LogoThe city of Ocala (FL), which has been in discussions with the New York Yankees about bringing a minor league baseball team to the area, is considering asking voters to approve a half-cent sales tax for a stadium in the fall.  Read more here.

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City Shuts Off Water, Power to ‘Pink Elephant’

The city of Homestead has turned off the electricity and water service to Homestead Sports Complex, saying La Ley Sports has not paid a utility bill since Sept. 7.  The city says the company owes $143,000 in utility payments, including electricity, water and trash.  La Ley Sports took control of the facility two summers ago and filed a class action lawsuit against the city last May, claiming that Continue reading

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Joker Marchant Stadium to Get $50M Facelift

Detroit Tigers LogoThe Detroit Tigers and city of Lakeland (FL) have announced that Joker Marchant Stadium, the spring-training home of the Tigers, will undergo a $50 million makeover over the next few years.  Read more here.

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State Approves Matching Funds to Upgrade Twins Spring-Training Facility

Lee County (FL) has been granted up to $15 million in matching funds from the state to improve Hammond Stadium, the spring home of the Minnesota Twins and regular-season home of the Single-A Fort Myers Miracle (Florida State League).  Read more here

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“Pink Elephant” A Symbol of What Might Have Been

As developing Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac spins toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, some can’t help but think about what might have been if monster Hurricane Andrew hadn’t decimated newly-built Homestead Sports Complex 21 years ago before the Cleveland Indians moved in.   The spring-training facility was rebuilt in 1993, but the Indians had already gone elsewhere, and no Continue reading

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The “Hills” in Florida and Oregon Seek to Lure Teams

In Florida, Hillsborough County hopes to restart talks with the Tampa Bay Rays to bring the team to Tampa from St. Petersburg.  Read more here.  Meanwhile, in Oregon, the City of Hillsboro has decided to enter the new ballpark sweepstakes in an effort to attract a Single-A Northwest League club.  Read more here.

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Lee County Courting Washington Nationals

The Boston Red Sox have moved their spring training operations to the new JetBlue Park in Fort Myers (FL), leaving City of Palms Park without a MLB team.  Lee County is now in discussions with the Washington Nationals to try and fill the void.  Read more here.

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Florida Ballparks: Havens for the Homeless?

There is apparently a little-known law on the books in Florida that requires publicly-funded professional sports stadiums to operate as homeless shelters on nights when no official events are taking place.  The law has pretty much been ignored, but a couple of legislators are sponsoring bills to force operators to repay public funds if they are unable to prove they have been making room for the Continue reading

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Rays’ Concerns Go Beyond New Ballpark

St. Petersburg (FL) Mayor Bill Foster had a two-hour meeting with the Tampa Bay Rays brass on Tuesday to discuss the future of the franchise.  Surprisingly, the biggest takeaway was not the need for a new ballpark, but whether the region can support three professional sports teams.  The Rays will continue to explore all location options for a new stadium, but they want fannies in the seats now.  Read more here.

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Back to the Ballpark Table for Rays, St. Pete

We don’t expect any miracles here, but Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and St. Petersburg (FL) Mayor Bill Foster have a meeting scheduled next Tuesday that could rekindle new ballpark talks.  Read more here and here.

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Fenway South Nearing Completion

Construction on JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the new spring training home for the Boston Red Sox in Lee County (Fort Myers, FL), is nearing completion.  The facility is scheduled to host its first Red Sox game on March 3.  Read more and view photos here.

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MiLB Chief Gives False Hope to Kinston?

Minor League Baseball president Pat O’Connor was at Grainger Stadium in Kinston (NC) last Thursday to visit with representatives of the Kinston Indians (Class A Advanced, Carolina League).  Unforuntately, O’Connor stroked the community into thinking that short-season professional ball could return to Kinston, after the Indians move to Zebulon (NC) to replace the Carolina Mudcats (Double-A Continue reading

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New Spring Home for Red Sox Taking Shape

JetBlue Park, the new spring home under construction in Lee County (FL) for the Boston Red Sox, is coming together nicely, according to Lee County government construction manager Bob Taylor.  “Fenway South,” which will have approximately 11,000 seats, a replica “Big Green Monster,” and five nearby practice fields, is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 Grapefruit League Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Osceola County Stadium (Kissimmee, FL)

Ballpark Reviews visits Osceola County Stadium (Kissimmee, FL), the spring home for the Houston Astros.  Read review and view photos here.

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Lee County, Red Sox Celebrate Commencement of Construction at New Spring Training Site

PRESS RELEASE – The Lee County Board of County Commissioners, along with the Boston Red Sox, today gathered at the site of the new Red Sox Spring Training Ballpark and Player Development Complex to commemorate the start of construction activities. The highlight of the commencement celebration was the ceremonial laying of home plate by members of the Board of County Continue reading

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The New Ed Smith Set for Christening on Tuesday

After a $31.s million makeover, the new Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota (FL), the spring training home for the Baltimore Orioles, will open for business on Tuesday when the Birds take on the Tampa Bay Rays.  Read more here and here.  Compare the old with the new.  View renderings here.  Nicely done!

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