The Atlanta Braves’ new spring training home will be put on hold until 2020.
The organization announced on Wednesday morning the extension of its spring training lease at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla., through 2019, allowing for more construction time on its new spring training complex in North Port, Fla. Atlanta will play its 2019 Grapefruit League finale at its new complex and will move its Florida operation to North Port in April 2019.
The team’s first full spring training in North Port will arrive prior to the 2020 season.
“We also appreciate the foresight and thoughtfulness of our partners in North Port, Sarasota County and West Villages in recognizing such an extension will be of benefit as we continue to make progress on our new facility,” Braves vice chairman emeritus John Schuerholz said in a statement. “When complete, our new, state-of-the-art facility will secure our long-term goal of creating a perfectly positioned and operational spring training facility for the next 30 years.”
The new facility will feature more than six practice fields and dedicates 55,000 square feet for the team’s clubhouse and fitness center.
Aside from the team’s spring complex, the facility will operate year-round by hosting extended spring training for minor-league teams, the Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League.