The estimated cost of a new Atlanta Braves spring training complex has risen to $110 million, according to the latest figures.
Currently under construction in the West Villages development in North Port, FL, the new Braves spring training complex is expected to open in 2019. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held in October, and at the time the complex came with an estimated price tag of $100 million.
However, as confirmed by the Braves this week, the cost estimate of the project has since risen to $110 million. The extra cost would not affect the taxpayer contribution to the complex, and the Braves say that they will work on lowering the cost as more details about the plan are finalized. More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The Braves confirmed the current figure this week, adding the caveat that they intend to work toward lowering it as plans are finalized……
The latest increase in cost doesn’t change the amount of taxpayer money going into the project: The state of Florida, Sarasota County and North Port have committed approximately $45 million combined. A private developer will contribute $4.7 million plus land and infrastructure. The Braves are responsible for the rest.
When it opens, the new spring training ballpark is expected to include 6,200 fixed seats, plus 1,000 berm seats. It will also feature some of the amenities found at many newer spring training venues, including a 360-degree concourse and an outfield patio and bar area. Spring training of 2018 is expected to be the Braves’ last at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Disney World, with the new facility opening in 2019.
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