Osceola County Stadium

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Osceola County Stadium
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Location 631 Heritage Park Way
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Coordinates 28°17′54″N 81°21′50″W / 28.29833°N 81.36389°W / 28.29833; -81.36389
Opened 1984
Renovated 2003
Owner Osceola County
Operator Houston Astros
Surface Grass
Capacity 5,300
Field dimensions Left field: 325 feet (99 m)
Center field: 405 feet (123 m)
Right field: 325 feet (99 m)
Tenants

Osceola Astros (FSL) (1985–1994)
Kissimmee Cobras (FSL) (1995–2000)
A-Sun Tournament (1998-99)
Gulf Coast League Astros (GCL) (2009–present)

Houston Astros (MLB) (spring training) (1985–present)

Osceola County Stadium is a baseball park located in Kissimmee, Florida. It is the home stadium of the Gulf Coast League Astros rookie league minor league baseball team of the Gulf Coast League. It is also the spring training home of the Houston Astros and their minor league affiliates. The stadium holds 5,300 people, the smallest seating capacity of any Grapefruit League stadium. It has previously served as the home field for the Class A Florida State League's Kissimmee Cobras (1995–2000) and Osceola Astros (1985–1994).

Renovations[edit]

The Osceola County Stadium and Complex underwent a significant renovation in 2003 at a price of $18.4 million[1] The renovation increased seating capacity, upgraded the press box, improved the clubhouses, and added "Autograph Alley" which is a popular feature of spring training events.

Other uses[edit]

The Osceola County Complex is also home of the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring where many hopeful future major league umpires go to learn their trade. Additionally, it hosts numerous amateur baseball events throughout the remainder of the year in conjunction with the United States Specialty Sports Association, Triple Crown Sports, World Baseball Federation, and Promotion Sports.

The venue hosted the 1998 and 1999 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournaments, won by Florida International and Jacksonville, respectively.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ SpringTrainingOnline.com "Houston Astros." Spring Training Online. Retrieved on 13 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Atlantic Sun Recordbook - Baseball". AtlanticSun.org. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 

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