Brevard County: We want to keep spring training at Space Coast Stadium

In a move that seems to be aimed more at local voters than MLB front offices, Brevard County officials are distributing information on what Space Coast Stadium could offer after $29 million in renovations.

The information comes in the form of an eight-page brochure featuring renderings from David M. Schwarz Architects, the firm that designed the renovations of Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium for the Baltimore Orioles. From Florida Today:

The effort is being coordinated by Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher, who was authorized by his fellow commissioners to try to either persuade the Nationals to keep their spring training in Viera or to find another team to take its place.

Fisher last week mailed copies of the brochures to Nationals’ executives. This week, he will send the brochures to officials of the other 29 major league teams to gauge their interest in moving their spring training home to Viera….

The eight-page, full-color brochure includes an artist’s rendering of what the 20-year-old stadium could look like, if the county agrees to provide $29 million in renovations. The proposed design is courtesy of the architectural firm that designed an upgraded Baltimore Orioles spring training complex in Sarasota, as well other sports complexes around the country.

Now, we don’t think there’s an iota of a chance the New York Yankees will abandon Steinbrenner Field, the Boston Red Sox will leave JetBlue Park or the Arizona Diamondbacks will vacate Salt River Field at Talking Stick. And so far the Nats have not responded to the Brevard County offer. With the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays seemingly on a course for a new complex in Palm Beach Gardens, there aren’t many teams looking for a new spring home — except the Nationals, of course.

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