The Atlanta Braves are ending their 20 years of Spring Training at Walt Disney World in favor of building a new stadium near Sarasota, Florida.
As we reported earlier this year, the Atlanta Braves’ contract with Disney at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will expire after the 2018 season, and it looks like the team isn’t going to extend the deal.
The new stadium will put the Braves much closer to the other teams in the Grapefruit League, which mostly seem to be along the Gulf Coast.
The new stadium has already received final approval and is set to open in time for the 2019 Spring Training season. This 8,000 seat stadium will reportedly cost $100 million, with funding being split between the Braves, Florida tax payers, and private funding. The Braves are looking to sell naming rights to the new complex to offset some of the cost.
The Atlanta Braves have been playing at Disney’s Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports ever since the complex opened in 1997, making this year the 20th anniversary. If you want to see the Atlanta Braves play at Walt Disney World one last time, it looks like Spring 2018 will be your only chance.