The Washington Nationals will terminate their lease at Space Coast Stadium before the 2017 end date if a deal for a new ballpark elsewhere in Florida can close soon, according to Brevard County officials.
Brevard County Commission Chairman Andy Anderson, who has been pushing a plan to keep the Nats training in Viera, confirms he’s been informed the team will be leaving the ballpark and training camp as soon as 2015. The team’s lease runs through 2017, but the Nats have an escape clause once bonds on the facility are paid — and that’s expected to happen by next years. Various reports have the Nats talking with an unidentified county about a plan for a new spring-training complex — and with a new complex in the works, it would appear that City of Palms Park is out of the mix as a new home for the Nats.
The move also puts the future of Space Coast Stadium in play. It would be hard to replace the Nationals — the city can’t move the ballpark to be closer to other teams in the Grapefruit League, obviously — and with the Brevard County Manatees (High Class A; Florida State League) openly seeking a new home in the Orlando area, the ballpark could end up without a major tenant by 2015.
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