| 6,500 (fixed seats)|
November 9, 2015
148.6 million USD
28 February 2017
Hunt Construction Group
| 5444 Haverhill Road
West Palm Beach, Florida
Washington Nationals, Houston Astros
Left Field: 329 feet (100 m)
Left-Center Field: 389 feet (119 m)
Center Field: 408 feet (124 m)
Right-Center Field: 375 feet (114 m)
Right Field: 330 feet (100 m)
5444 Haverhill Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, USA
Champion Stadium, Roger Dean Stadium, First Data Field, Joker Marchant Stadium, Charlotte Sports Park
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is a baseball park located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The stadium has a capacity of 6,500 people in fixed seats with room for 1,000 more on the outfield berm. The stadium hosts the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals Major League Baseball teams annually for spring training.
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches Wikipedia
In addition to the stadium itself, the complex provides separate spring training facilities for the two teams. Each team has two major-league-size practice fields, four-minor-league-size practice fields, an agility field, a half field, batting cages, and pitching mounds. The Astros′ training facilities are on the north and northeast side of the complex and their offices are behind the stadium′s left-field corner, while the Nationals′ facilities are on the south and southeast side with offices behind home plate.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place on November 9, 2015, and construction of the new facility was accelerated so that it could be completed in 16 months. Astros and Nationals pitchers and catchers officially reported for spring training at the new facility on February 14, 2017, followed by the rest of the players for both teams on February 17. Construction was not yet complete, but the teams were able to prioritize the parts of the facilities most important to spring training so that it met their needs by the reporting dates. As construction continued, both the Nationals and the Astros began their 2017 spring training schedules on February 25 with three straight road games before their first game at the new ballpark.
With construction crews still putting the finishing touches on the stadium during the morning, the Nationals and Astros opened the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches with their first game there on February 28, 2017, with the Nationals playing as the home team. Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred cut a ceremonial ribbon, and a helicopter flyover took place during the opening ceremonies.
Before a crowd of 5,897, Nationals non-roster invitee Jeremy Guthrie threw the first pitch at 1:07 p.m. EST, to Astros first baseman Marwin González, who he eventually struck out. In the bottom of the first inning, second baseman Daniel Murphy doubled for the first hit in the ballpark′s history, and a few minutes later scored its first run when Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper doubled to drive him home. In the top of the fourth inning, Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltrán hit the stadium′s first home run, and catcher Derek Norris hit the first Nationals home run in the park′s history in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, outfielder Michael A. Taylor hit a walk-off solo home run to give the Nationals a 4–3 victory.