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Osceola County Stadium

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Osceola County Stadium
Osceola County Stadium main.JPG
Location631 Heritage Park Way
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Coordinates28°17′54″N 81°21′50″W / 28.29833°N 81.36389°W / 28.29833; -81.36389
OwnerOsceola County
OperatorFlorida Fire Frogs
Capacity5,300
Field sizeLeft field: 325 feet (99 m)
Center field: 405 feet (123 m)
Right field: 325 feet (99 m)[1]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Opened1984
Renovated2003
Tenants
Osceola Astros (FSL) 1985–1994
Kissimmee Cobras (FSL) 1995–2000
A-Sun Tournament 1998–1999
Gulf Coast League Astros (GCL) 2009–2016
Houston Astros (MLB) (spring training) 1985–2016
Florida Fire Frogs (FSL) 2017–present

Osceola County Stadium is a baseball park located in Kissimmee, Florida. It is the home stadium of the Florida Fire Frogs Class A minor league baseball team of the Florida State League. It served as the spring training home of the Houston Astros and their minor league affiliates from 1985 to 2016.[2] The stadium holds 5,300 people, the smallest seating capacity of any Grapefruit League stadium. It has previously served as the home field for the Class A Florida State League's Kissimmee Cobras (1995–2000) and Osceola Astros (1985–1994).

Renovations

The Osceola County Stadium and Complex underwent a significant renovation in 2003 at a price of US$18.4 million[1] The renovation increased seating capacity, upgraded the press box, improved the clubhouses, and added "Autograph Alley" which is a popular feature of spring training events.

End of lease

The Astros' lease with the ballpark ended in 2017. The Astros and Washington Nationals moved into The Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach in February 2017[3]

The Florida Fire Frogs have remained at Osceola County Stadium. In May 2019, the team accepted a half-million-dollar buyout from the county to leave at the end of the 2019 season. The stadium will be redeveloped as part of a training complex at Osceola Heritage Park for Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer.[4][5]

Other uses

The Osceola County Complex was also home of the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring where many hopeful future major league umpires went to learn the trade. Additionally, it hosts numerous amateur baseball events throughout the remainder of the year in conjunction with the United States Specialty Sports Association, Triple Crown Sports, World Baseball Federation, and Promotion Sports.

The venue hosted the 1998 and 1999 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournaments, won by Florida International and Jacksonville, respectively.[6]

Osceola County Stadium hosted the Johnsonville American Cornhole League (ACL) Championships in 2018.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b "Houston Astros". SpringTrainingOnline.com. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved September 13, 2010.
  2. ^ Cavender, Chris. "Welcome to the Osceola County Stadium!". OsceolaStadium.com. Archived from the original on May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Castillo, Jorge (February 28, 2017). "Nationals christen their new spring home with a walk-off win". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  4. ^ Jackson, Ken (May 31, 2019). "Orlando City confirms it's bringing MLS, developmental training facility to Heritage Park; Fire Frogs sign deal to leave after this season". Osceola News-Gazette. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Reichard, Kevin (May 31, 2019). "Fire Frogs to Depart Osceola County Stadium at End of Season". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Atlantic Sun Recordbook - Baseball" (PDF). AtlanticSun.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 18, 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.

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