Atlanta Braves Extend Disney World Stay

by | Feb 9, 2018 | Chris Green, MLB, Spring Training |

The Atlanta Braves will be playing their MLB spring training home games at Walt Disney World’s Champion Stadium for another year after the team extended their stay. The Braves were slated to leave Disney’s Wide World of Sports after the 2018 season, but delays in the team’s new home in Sarasota County, Florida have forced the decision.

“The move was made to ensure there is enough time to complete their new facility in West Villages in the City of North Port, Sarasota County,” the team and Disney said in a joint press release. “The Braves will play their final 2019 Spring Training game in the new ballpark. The complex will officially open in April 2019 with the team’s Florida operations moving in at that time.”

Braves front office personnel believe the move was the best decision possible given the current situation.

“We are thankful for our good friends at Walt Disney World Resort and are excited for this extension,” said John Schuerholz, Atlanta Braves’ vice chairman emeritus to the press. “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.”

The Braves have used the Orlando facility for their spring training home since 1998. Pitchers and catchers are slated to report on February 14, 2018 for their first workouts of the season in Central Florida. Disney has used the team’s presence to maximum effect, even selling Braves merchandise in the parks throughout the years over other teams.

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