The New York Mets are on the verge of backing out of their stadium-renovation deal with St. Lucie County and beginning to look for a new spring training home, according to a source. The Mets and the county, which owns the stadium, agreed in 2016 on a $55 million renovation in exchange for the team keeping spring training here for 25 years.
If the County Commission on Tuesday fails to approve the revised project and financing, the Mets will take back that $2 million.
The Braves are sort of in the same predicament but they do have their next home. They are playing in their final spring training at Walt Disney World in 2019. The team will then be moving its spring training operations to Sarasota County in North Port, Fla. in 2020.
Facts about Walt Disney World (Champions Stadium):
- The 225-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including 16 baseball/softball fields, plus the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium, 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, two field houses for basketball, volleyball and other indoor sports.
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill: An enlarged and enhanced sports-themed fast casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating located across from Champion Stadium.
This would be very convenient for fans and tourists because of how close the stadium is to Universal and Walt Disney. Fans can go to the theme parks and end up at a Mets game at some point during a vacation to Orlando. I have personally been to Champions Stadium and watched the Braves take on the Nationals. The stadium is clean and nice. It is definitely a tourist attraction that will bring more revenue into the Mets pockets.
As one Mets fan said on twitter, you can go to the new star wars land and see a Mets game in the same day!
Make it happen.