Space Coast Stadium
|Space Coast Stadium|
|Location||5800 Stadium Parkway
Viera, FL 32940
|Broke ground||April 29, 1993|
|Opened||March 2, 1994|
|Construction cost||$6.2 million
($9.76 million in 2013 dollars)
|General contractor||Miorelli Construction, Inc.|
|Field dimensions||Left Field: 340 ft (104 m)
Center Field: 404 ft (123 m)
Right Field: 340 ft (104 m)
|Brevard County Manatees (FSL) (1994-present)
Washington Nationals (MLB) (spring training) (2005-present)
GCL Nationals (GCL) (2005-present)
Montreal Expos (MLB) (spring training) (2003-2004)
Florida Marlins (MLB) (spring training) (1994-2002)
In 2002, as part of an agreement involving the sale of the Montreal Expos by Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins swapped training sites with the Expos, who had been training in Jupiter, Florida. The Expos held two seasons of training at Space Coast in 2003 and 2004 before their reformation as the Washington Nationals, who have conducted training there since their inaugural season in 2005.
In 2008 the Florida State League All Star Game returned to Space Coast Stadium for the first time in 12 years, with the West Division prevailing over the East Division with a score of 9-3.
The Nationals have held spring training here since 2005. They have played from seven to fifteen games per season in the stadium. Game attendance has averaged from 3,433 in 2011, to 4,690 in 2010. The Nationals have contracted to make annual $765,000 stadium-construction bond payments through March 2013. Their lease to play in the stadium expires in December 2012.
Since 1997 the county has spent $7.8 million on capital improvements; $2.8 million in 2006-7.
The 33.4 acres (13.5 ha) stadium site was evaluated by the county at $26.5 million.
About $5 million worth of improvements have been made to the stadium from 2005-2010. This was funded by Brevard County's tourist tax.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Space Coast Stadium.|
- Official stadium website
- Details on Space Coast Stadium & Nationals Spring Training
- Space Coast Stadium Views - Ball Parks of the Minor Leagues
- Tips about Space Coast Stadium and Nationals Spring Training
- Space Coast Office of Tourism