First Data Field renovations are slated to begin next April, with work on the spring training home of the New York Mets expected to conclude in 2019.
The Mets and St. Lucie County have been mapping out the details of the renovation project, which will affect both First Data Field and its adjacent complex. Among the changes on tap for the ballpark include a new 360-degree concourse, improved concessions, renovated clubhouses, and more. Additionally, the complex will see an upgraded minor league clubhouse along with some other changes, including a 50-room player dormitory.
Currently, the construction timeline calls for work to begin on April 1, 2018, and wrap up by the conclusion of 2019. This information comes after county commissioners approved a key contract on Tuesday. More from TCPalm:
Ewing Cole Inc, a Philadelphia architectural firm, will be paid about $4.3 million to design the $60 million upgrade to First Data Field.
St. Lucie County waited to select the architect until it received a $20 million renovations grant from the state.
The state money will be disbursed in monthly installments of $83,333 for the next 20 years.
The commission last year approved borrowing $60 million to pay for the renovations. With the work, the Mets have agreed to keep spring training here for another 25 years.
Along with hosting New York Mets’ spring training, First Data Field is also the regular season home of the St. Lucie Mets (High A; Florida State League).