Baseball is widely known as America’s favorite pastime and it has hit Palm Beach County out of the ballpark. The baseball enthusiasm began in New York metropolitan area in the mid-1850. There were 16 area clubs registered with the first governing body of baseball, the National Association of Base Ball Players. By 1863, the National Association of Base Ball Players changed a major rule that disallowed an “out” made by catching a fair ball on the first bounce.
Baseball has not changed much since the early days of the sport. Florida has a rich baseball history. It has been a very popular sport in South Florida because of the year a round accommodating climate. Many clubs over the years have brought their clubs to Palm Beach County for “spring training”.
Spring training has attracted a lot of tourism to Palm Beach County. Just a mile from I-95, near Florida Atlantic University, is Roger Dean Stadium, 4751 Main Street, Jupiter is “spring training” home for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1998, and the Miami Marlins since 2003.
When the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches opens in 2017, it will be “spring training” home for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The ballpark is projected to generate $158 million for the community.
The Atlanta Braves are in discussions with Palm Beach County administers to create formal proposal for the new stadium. An economic impact study conducted showed that the Atlanta Braves coming back to Palm Beach County would make an impact of $100 million.
If the Braves proposal is approved Palm Beach County could see sports generated economic impact of over $250 million dollars. To become more informed, please join the Central Palm Beach Chamber for the Economic Forum Luncheon scheduled for April 20, 2016. The forum will meet at the West Palm Beach Marriott from 11:30am – 1:00pm. To register, please visit www.cpbchamber.com.