OSCEOLA COUNTY STADIUM
|Dimensions||325L, 405C, 325R|
|Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Tickets on Sale||Jan. 30, 9 a.m.|
|Ticket Web Site||astros.com/spring|
|Address||1000 Bill Beck Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34744|
|Directions||From I-4, take Route 192 west off of the Florida Turnpike or east off of I-4. The ballpark is 1.5 miles west of the turnpike and two miles east of downtown Kissimmee.|
Houston Astros Spring Training: The Finals Days in Kissimmee?
Osceola County Stadium is the smallest spring training venue in the Grapefruit League, and it’s also the most basic. With the Astros ownership eying a move to Palm Beach Gardens in a few years, there will be limited opportunities to see the Astros in the greater Orlando area.
The very basic ballpark has been the spring-training home of the Houston Astros since 1985, when the team shifted spring-training facilities from Cocoa. (This was a shame, as the Astros had a perfect link to Cocoa. Cocoa Beach was the home to Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, and as you all recall Major Nelson was — an astronaut!)
Osceola County Stadium and Complex features all armchair seating, separate major and minor league clubhouses, an “Autograph Alley” and a party deck for private functions. Despite the relative modest nature of the ballpark when compared to newer spring-training facilities, we always enjoy a visit to Osceola County. The ballpark is comfortable, the players are usually excessive, and the food selection is great. Just don’t be expecting the glitz of Disney World or the scenery of Lakeland.
Spring Training History
The Houston Colt .45s began their history with training camp in Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1962-1963. In 1964 spring training was shifted to Cocoa Beach, where the Astros trained until 1984. In 1985 the Astros moved to their current spring-training home in Kissimmee.
Osceola County Stadium has been the spring-training home of the Houston Astros since 1985.