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"Nats, Astros eying new Osceola County spring-training complex
The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros are discussing a new joint spring-training complex with Osceola County officials, as a site near DisneyWorld is under consideration.
The complex, we're told, would be south of DisneyWord and in the very northwestern corner of Osceola County, an area served by I-4 and Florida Toll 429.
Both teams have passed on offers by reps from Winter Haven, Fort Myers and Mesa to discuss moving spring operations to their cities. There's been talk of a new complex in Winter Haven located near (but not part of) a new LegoLand theme park, but the issue there is money: elected city and county reps want to see a team step up with some serious funding of a new facility, but there's no way either team will spend significantly on a complex. Fort Myers officials continue their quest to fill City of Palms Park, but the problems encountered by the Boston Red Sox would also be there for a new team: a ballpark in an iffy neighborhood with a training complex a mile away. And while there's some logic in the Astros seeking an Arizona home, the split nature of HoHoKam Park and Fitch Field is also seen as an impediment. (And for our dear readers who will inevitably suggest Al Lang Field as a destination for the teams, forget it: the lease between the Tampa Bay Rays and the city of St. Petersburg for Tropicana Field expressly forbids another team from training there.)
The Astros have three years left on their spring-training lease -- about the right time for a new complex to open, given how long it could take to procure a funding and design plan. Osceola County Stadium is the smallest spring-training facility in baseball, seating only 5,300. The Astros do not have exclusive use of the complex, either; for most of the year the ballpark is leased for U.S. Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), Triple Crown and World Baseball Federation events; indeed, the USSSA is headquartered at the ballpark, as is the USSSA Hall of Fame and Sports Museum."http://www.ballparkdigest.com/201102213574/major-league-baseball/features/nats-astros-eying-new-osceola-county-spring-training-complex