Mets, St. Lucie County Agree on First Data Field Renovations

First Data Field 2017

The New York Mets will stay in Port St. Lucie through 2042 under the terms of a new agreement with St. Lucie County that calls for $57 million in First Data Field renovations.

The renovations will be reach for spring training 2021.

The Mets and St. Lucie County were engaged in discussions over the last few years about a spring training facilities project that includes renovations to First Data Field and the adjacent complex. The Mets had threatened to walk away from the team’s long-time spring training home after the projected cost of First Data Field renovations rose from $55 million to $80 million. The Mets ownership agreed to cover an additional $2 million and worked with the county to scale down the extent of the renovations. Some amenities from the original renovation plan–including a 360-degree concourse for First Data Field–have been scrapped in order to create a scaled-down remodel. This project also secures a lease extension with the Mets through at least 2042.

In completing this deal, the two sides continue a relationship that has seen the Mets conduct spring training in Port St. Lucie since 1988. First Data Field also hosts regular-season action for the St. Lucie Mets (High A; Florida State League).

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