Space Coast Stadium
5800 Stadium Parkway|
Viera, FL 32940
|Coordinates||28°15′25″N 80°44′22″W / 28.25694°N 80.73944°WCoordinates: 28°15′25″N 80°44′22″W / 28.25694°N 80.73944°W|
Left Field: 340 ft (104 m)|
Center Field: 404 ft (123 m)
Right Field: 340 ft (104 m)
|Broke ground||April 29, 1993|
|Opened||March 2, 1994|
($9.92 million in 2016 dollars)
|General contractor||Miorelli Construction, Inc.|
Brevard County Manatees (FSL) (1994–2016)|
Florida Marlins (MLB) (spring training) (1994–2002)
Montreal Expos (MLB) (spring training) (2003–2004)
Washington Nationals (MLB) (spring training) (2005–2016)
GCL Nationals (GCL) (2005–2016)
In 2002, as part of an agreement involving the sale of the Montreal Expos by Jeffrey Loria, the Marlins swapped training sites with the Expos, who had been training in Jupiter, Florida. The Expos held two seasons of training at Space Coast in 2003 and 2004 before their reformation as the Washington Nationals, who have conducted training there since their inaugural season in 2005.
It is also the home of the Brevard County Manatees, a minor league baseball franchise. Occasionally, the Gulf Coast League Nationals also play their home games in this park. The Nationals will leave Space Coast Stadium in 2016 to join the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach for the new Ballpark of The Palm Beaches.
In 2008 the Florida State League All Star Game returned to Space Coast Stadium for the first time in 12 years, with the West Division prevailing over the East Division with a score of 9-3.
The Nationals have held spring training at the park since 2005. They have played from seven to fifteen games per season in the stadium. Game attendance has averaged from 3,433 in 2011, to 4,690 in 2010. The Nationals have contracted to make annual $765,000 stadium-construction bond payments through March 2013.
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