St. Lucie County Commissioners voted this morning to approve a $57 million First Data Field renovation, meaning that New York Mets spring training will be retained through at least 2042.
The Mets and St. Lucie County were engaged in discussions over the last few years about a spring training facilities project that includes renovations to First Data Field and the adjacent complex. The project was originally slated to cost $55 million, with the Mets committed to staying in Port St. Lucie through 2042, but the two sides had to negotiate some terms after initial plans came in over budget.
Difficulties in completing a modified agreement had reportedly prompted the Mets to threaten to withdraw an additional $2 million contribution and seek a move of spring-training operations elsewhere in Florida if a plan was not approved. However, commissioners voted 5-0 on Tuesday morning to enter into a new agreement with the team.
The latest terms call for a $57 million project. As a result of the increasing estimate, some amenities from the original renovation plan–including a 360-degree concourse for First Data Field–have been scrapped in order to create a scaled-down remodel. This project also secures a lease extension with the Mets through at least 2042.
In completing this deal, the two sides continue a relationship that has seen the Mets conduct spring training in Port St. Lucie since 1988. First Data Field also hosts regular-season action for the St. Lucie Mets (High A; Florida State League).
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