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TRADITION FIELD
Capacity 7,800
Year Opened 1988
Dimensions 338L, 410C, 338R
Surface Grass
Local Airport Palm Beach
Ticket Prices To be announced
Season Ticket Prices To be announced
Tickets on Sale Saturday, January 18, 10:00 a.m.
Ticket Line 772/871-2115
Ticket Web Site mets.com
Address 525 NW Peacock Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Directions From 1-95, take Exit 121 (St. Lucie West Blvd.), east to Peacock Blvd, north to stadium. From U.S.# l: Take Prima Vista Blvd., west to Peacock Blvd., north to stadium.

New York Mets Spring Training: Calm on the Treasure Coast

The trend in spring-training facilities is to locate new ballparks in the midst of megadevelopments that could be located anywhere. While these new ballparks have the amenities fans expect, they’re generic in nature. Maybe we’re a little too nostalgic, but we want the spring-training experience when we head to Florida: we want the palm trees, the alligators, the quaint ballparks located in out-of-the-way neighborhoods.

That’s why Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie is a breath of old school in the Grapefruit League. There are no developments within walking distance of the ballpark, just some municipal buildings next door, commercial buildings and warehouses nearby, and an RV resort up the street. No sports bars, no hotels, no entertainment complex, no trendy shops. Park on the right-field side of the ballpark and you’ll wander across a sign warning you to stay away from the swampland because of the presence of alligators.

Tradition Field

While we wouldn’t exactly call the Tradition Field location bucolic – commercial development in Florida tends to sprawl, and there’s definitely a lot of sprawl near the ballpark – you know you’re in Florida when you attend a Mets spring-training game.

Tradition Field went from one of the dumpiest spring-training venues to one of the better ones in 2004, when the former Thomas J. White Stadium/Digital Domain Park underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation that added more seating and clubhouse space, as well as some decorative elements that spiffed up the place. In 2012 there were additional changes to the ballpark, including the installation of a new high-def scoreboard and a new picnic area/party deck down the right-field line. Further changes could be on tap in coming seasons, as the Mets and St. Lucie County have explored more expansion to the ballpark and the training complex that could accommodate a second spring-training team.

 

 

Spring Training History

The New York Mets have had only two spring-training venues in team history: St. Petersburg’s Al Lang Field (1962-1987) and Port St. Lucie (1988-present).

Ballpark History

The New York Mets have trained at Tradition Field since it opened in 1988.

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