PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - There are hopes to lure a second Major League Baseball team to Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.
The ballpark is currently home to the St. Lucie Mets, the single A affiliate of the New York Mets.
St. Lucie County commissioners tentatively approved a restructuring of the ballpark’s bond, which will help pay for stadium upgrades.
The first base line bleachers in right field will be replaced with normal seats and a fan interactive zone.
Fans like Vic Longaro, who was at the ballpark to buy a new ball cap Tuesday afternoon, said the upgrade would be a big hit.
"I love small ballparks and I think any time you can upgrade anything like that would be terrific," said Longaro.
County commissioners hope the upgrades will attract a second major league team to the park for spring training and also bring that club's minor league team here permanently.
The county has written a contract extension for the Mets, which would keep them in Port St. Lucie through 2023.
Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky says the team's fan base is a big shot in the arm in this economy.
"Reaching into a metropolitan area such as New York City and any of the teams that the Mets play gives us an opportunity to shine in the public's view to say, 'hey, St. Lucie County has something to offer,' " said Dzadovsky.
Dzadovsky says in 2009, Major League Baseball brought more than 753 million dollars in revenue to Florida.
Keeping that revenue steam running while trying to attract another team seems like a home run to Longaro.
"Good news to me as a baseball fan because one of the things I'm concerned about is you have a whole bunch of teams heading out west, and we're really limited to who we play and how many teams there are in Florida," said Longaro.
The St. Lucie County commission is expected to make the bond restructuring final at its August 16th county commission meeting.
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