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Northern Palm Beach County Being Eyed As Possible Site For New Spring Training Complex
Published March 5, 2013
LOOKING FOR PLAYING PARTNERS: In Florida, Jonathan Mattise noted the Mets and Cardinals can “head elsewhere if three or fewer teams train nearby.” The Mets have been “talking with the Houston Astros as a possible partner.” Astros Owner Jim Crane “toured the facility last spring." However, Crane, who owns the Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, has "expressed interest in building a new two-team facility elsewhere on the East Coast.” Three of Florida’s 15 Spring Training clubs “have leases up for renewal in 2016 and two are up in 2017.” Six teams have “ditched Florida for Arizona since 1998” (TCPALM.com, 3/3).
CACTUS LEAGUE UPDATE: In Phoenix, Joe Martin reports a “wave of renovation contracts could be stepping up to the plate as the Cactus League looks to keep its teams happy and push millions of dollars in economic benefit to its communities.” It all is “geared toward not being picked over by other cities looking for new cash flows, just as the league did by targeting teams in Florida’s Grapefruit League for its expansion.” The difference is “noticeable" between the older and newer stadiums. The new facilities “are more fan-friendly, with individual seats and open concourses that allow patrons to see the action on the field even while they’re buying a drink or a hot dog.” Cactus League President Mark Coronado said that the league “needs to be in a position to help provide funding for up-to-date renovations for the teams and ballparks.” He added that it is “'critical' for the league to work with the state and local governments to make sure funding is adequate” (PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/1 issue).