Nats Spring Training Site Still In Flux

By  //  July 14, 2013

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District Sports Page: 'options dwindling'

EDITOR’S NOTE: While local media pundits have the Washington Nationals leaving Brevard County after the 2014 Major League Baseball spring training season, more sophisticated observers such as Dave Nichols of the District Sports Page says, “Reading through the tea leaves of municipal governments in Florida, the Nats’ dreams (of moving) may have a hard time becoming reality.” Or, echoing the words of Yogi Berra, baseball’s celebrated philosopher, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” in regard to the Nationals vacating Space Coast Stadium.

July 13, 2013: By Dave NicholsDistrict Sports Page

Space Coast Stadium was originally built in 1993 for the Florida Marlins. The Washington Nationals, previously known as the Montreal Expos, moved to Space Coast Stadium in time for the 2003 spring training season after the Florida Marlins moved to Roger Dean Stadium.

Space Coast Stadium was originally built in 1993 for the Florida Marlins. The Washington Nationals, previously known as the Montreal Expos, moved to Space Coast Stadium in time for the 2003 spring training season after the Florida Marlins moved to Roger Dean Stadium.

The Washington Nationals have not made it a secret they would like to leave Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, and move into a new, state-of-the-art training complex more centrally located toward central Florida to increase the number of teams they can play during spring training.

Their lease runs through 2017, but can opt out at any time because they have paid Brevard County back for $7 million in construction bonds

Reading through the tea leaves of municipal governments in Florida, the Nats’ dreams may have a hard time becoming reality.

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