More spring training teams could be coming to Palm Beach Gardens

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - The state is stepping up to the plate with millions of dollars trying to keep spring training in the sunshine state.

One plan looks to bring another stadium to Palm Beach County.

The new site for a two-team stadium could be coming to 117th Court North near Central Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens right across from Watson Duncan Middle School.

The site would be about four miles south of Roger Dean Stadium.

That stadium plays home to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins each spring.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission said the teams bring about $100 million each year into the local economy.

Therefore adding two more teams to Palm Beach County is expected to be a home run for the county.

The proposal brings teams closer to each other.

That's a competitive factor when it comes to keeping spring training in Florida and not losing teams to Arizona.

Florida lawmakers know that so they're looking to spend a little more than $3 million each year to help places like Palm Beach Gardens bring new stadiums for big league teams.

Glenn Jergensen with the tourism development council hopes the area is able to get the teams.

"We certainly don't want to see teams disappear and have that opportunity where making it harder for the teams to travel makes the teams decide that maybe they don't want to be here," Jergensen said.

Ryan Forgy, manages Rocco's Tacos in the nearby plaza PGA Commons.

"It'd be great if the teams came to the Gardens," he said. "I mean anything they can do to attract people to this area is going to bring more people to the commons and the surrounding areas."

Forgy hopes it'd bring big crowds like the Honda Classic does each year.

The two teams who may come to the area if a stadium is built are the Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros.

The Astros are a team Port St. Lucie officials have been eyeing for the past few years on bringing to Tradition field.
 

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