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Spring training wraps up at Roger Dean Stadium

Posted at 5:10 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 04:11:31-04

Spring training ended Wednesday at Roger Dean Stadium.

The general manager, Mike Bauer, said the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals brought in a lot of fans to their spring training site this year.

During the last game of the season, nearly 5,000 fans came to watch.

Bauer said that crowd size is "light" compared to other games.

The Marlins sold out five games this Spring Training season, he said, while the Cardinals sold out eight games.

A study done on spring training found that the two teams bring in more than $50 million to Palm Beach County each year, with fans spending money in local hotels, restaurants and within the ballpark.

Those fans can expect some changes at Roger Dean Stadium in the future, Bauer said.

"We're looking to provide some shade over the fans in the seats and we're looking to expand our team's store so it's a little more comfortable to shop," he said.

While some games were sold out, others had to be canceled due to bad weather.

"We've had three cancelations this spring, which is a little higher than normal. There's one thing I've learned is that you can't control Mother Nature and she got us a little bit this year," Bauer added.

The future for spring training baseball in Palm Beach County is bright, fans say.

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are moving to Palm Beach County, and there are discussions scheduled between county commissioners and representatives from the Atlanta Braves.

Those discussions are scheduled to happen within the next few days, and the competition is fierce across the state for the team to move its spring training site.