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Dodgers See Big Attendance Drop At Camelback Ranch Through First 10 Games
Published March 21, 2011
WEST COAST BIAS: Nationals Owner Mark Lerner said that his team is “actively exploring options in both Florida and Arizona” for a new Spring Training facility. In DC, Adam Kilgore noted team officials “have been touring potential sites on the west coast of Florida and in Arizona since last season.” The Nationals “believe the dearth of teams on the east coast of Florida," where their current home Viera is located, and the "distance between sites has made for an untenable travel schedule.” The Nationals “would prefer to build their own, new stadium.” Lerner said that team officials have “already consulted an architect and begun making plans for their own spring stadium” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/20). In Boston, Peter Abraham notes the Nationals are “not pleased with training in remote Viera on the east coast of the state” and have toured the Red Sox' facility in City of Palms "but would prefer to have a new facility.” Lerner: “We do have a problem here. … Our problem is basically logistics. Our closest game is 120-mile round trip. We cannot do that. It’s tiring” (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/21).