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Mets, St. Lucie County agree to keep spring training in Port St. Lucie

Renovations will be made to First Data Field
Posted at 10:03 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 19:44:05-05

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — St. Lucie County and the New York Mets have reached an agreement that would keep the ball club in Port St. Lucie for another 20-plus years.

The commission Tuesday morning OK'd a $57 million project to make renovations to First Data Field, the Mets spring training home since 1988.

An initial agreement had been signed two years ago, but work had yet to begin partly due to budgeting concerns.

The two sides worked to keep the plan at the original county funding amount, with the Mets now contributing an additional $2 million to the project.

Construction should start in April.

Below is a statement from the Mets organization regarding Tuesday's vote:

“We’re pleased with today’s outcome. Thanks to the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the county legal team that worked with our team over the holiday. We are thankful for the continued support of our fans and the local businesses.”