Atlanta Braves Spring Training Coming to an End at Walt Disney World

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Spring Training

Online reports state that the Atlanta Braves will be leaving their current Spring Training home at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney World after a 21-year run. The 2018 spring training season will mark the end of the Braves and Major League Baseball at Disney.

The Braves organization has been in discussions with the City Commission of North Port, Florida for over two years to build their new Spring Training home there. North Port is just south of the Sarasota, Florida area. The final vote was cast by the Commission this week to finalize the Braves’ arrival and a $100 million deal.

Sarasota County also approved the deal for the new stadium to be built in the middle of the West Villages development in the county. The new complex will be owned by the county but operated by the Braves Organization.

Construction on the new 8,000 seat stadium will be pretty rather rapidly since Braves pitchers and catchers will be required to report to the new complex in just under a year and a half.

This will mark the first time the Orlando area will be without a Major League Baseball Team in quite some time. With the Braves departure, the Detroit Tigers will now be the closest team to train near Disney World. The Tigers train in Lakeland, Florida.

As a Braves fan, this one is hard to write. After meeting my husband at a Braves game here in Atlanta almost 11 years ago, I’ve mad so many memories visiting Braves Spring Training with my family in recent years. What can be more magical than a visit to The Happiest Place on Earth and taking in a baseball game at the same time?

Hope to see you all there in Spring 2018 for the Braves’ final Spring Training season at Disney World! Even if you aren’t a Braves fan, your team might be playing the Braves for their last time at Disney.

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