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SBD/March 12, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Cactus League Attendance Down About 35% As Weather, WBC Disrupts Schedule
Published March 12, 2013
HOUSE HUNTERS: The GLOBE & MAIL's Tom Maloney notes the Blue Jays, with their situation in Dunedin, Fla., "no longer up to par," will use the next 12 months to "shop for a new spring training home, and may consider sharing a facility with" the Nationals or Astros. The Blue Jays’ lease on Florida Auto Exchange Stadium "expires in 2017, the Astros’ on Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee in 2016, and the Nationals’ on Space Coast Stadium in Viera in 2017." The Mets also are "looking for a partner in Port St. Lucie." It would be a "two-year process for approvals and construction if the Jays decide to move into a new location." Geography will be "an important criterion, as major-league clubs prefer to minimize the time required to travel for Grapefruit League games" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/12).