$140 million stadium in West Palm Beach proposed for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are heading to Palm Beach County. Well, maybe.
And no, it’s not to live or vacation here. Nor it is to play a game. It’s to train.
Palm Beach County is considering building a spring training ballpark to house the two Major League Baseball teams, according to the South Florida Business Journal.
The teams offered to sign 30-year leases for the new estimated $140 million, 6,500-seat stadium.
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, who have been seeking new training facilities, presently train in Kissimmee and Viera, respectively. Building the new complex will provide both teams upgraded features their current facilities cannot supply and will preserve spring training on Florida’s southeast coast.
The proposed ballpark would rise from 160 acres of former landfill, located south of 45th Street between Military Trail and Haverhill Road. The project would largely be funded by the county’s tourist tax on hotel rooms, rent paid by both teams and tax incentives from the state.
The Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council did approve (6-3) a 30-year commitment of $3 million in annual hotel taxes to pay for the ballpark.
Now it’s up to the Palm Beach County Commission to decide on Sept. 23 whether to proceed with it.
And if all is approved, the Astros and Nationals could be training in their new complex by the 2018 season.