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SBD/March 14, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Spring Training Attendance Down This Year As Ticket Prices Are On The Rise
Published March 14, 2013
EMPTY NEST SYNDROME: Lee County Commission Chair Cecil Pendergrass said that the county will contact the Blue Jays about their "12-month search for a new spring training home with the goal of putting them in vacant City of Palms Park." In Ft. Myers, David Dorsey notes the Blue Jays will "spend the next year looking at contingency plans as their lease in Dunedin expires in 2017." Lee County, which has "assumed control of City of Palms Park from Fort Myers, has been courting new tenants for the 8,000-seat stadium" since agreeing to build the Red Sox' $80M JetBlue Park. The Nationals and Lee County "have been negotiating, but the two sides have not spoken in recent weeks" (Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS, 3/14).