The process may be delayed, but a $60-million upgrade plan for Tradition Field, spring home of the New York Mets and regular-season home of the St. Lucie Mets (High A; Florida State League), is still in the works.
St. Lucie County officials had hoped to apply for a $20-million state grant designed to keep MLB teams training in Florida, but the lack of a final lease with the Mets and approval from the County Commission. But delays in finalizing that lease could impact the construction schedule, with demolition of parts of the ballpark set to happen after spring training in 2017. It is a complicated issue, as work needs to be done to avoid impacting New York Mets and St. Lucie Mets schedules.
St. Lucie County has already approved borrowing $60 million to upgrade Tradition Field with a 360-degree concourse, better accessibility via escalators and elevators, a player dorm, upgraded team offices and more, but the action is predicated on securing state funding for the project.