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Viva Medias B's
05-31-2008, 12:56 AM
The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Baltimore Orioles has been working to keep the O's spring training base in the Venice of America, but they were thrown a curveball by the Federal Avation Administration. The FAA owns the land involved, and it just increased the rental fee ten-fold. What the FAA wants to do is expand the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport which sits next door. Hence, it raised the rent knowing Ft. Lauderdale and the Orioles would no way in hell pay for it. This obviously has land grab written all over it. Hence, spring training baseball will end in South Florida (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale) with the Orioles expected to take over the Dodgers' vacated Vero Beach facility.

I want Mags back
05-31-2008, 04:00 AM
put them in Tucson

LITTLE NELL
05-31-2008, 06:05 AM
The Orioles could wind up in Ft Myers taking the place of the Red Sox. Sarasota is wooing the Red Sox with a 70 million dollar deal.

DSpivack
05-31-2008, 10:05 AM
The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Baltimore Orioles has been working to keep the O's spring training base in the Venice of America, but they were thrown a curveball by the Federal Avation Administration. The FAA owns the land involved, and it just increased the rental fee ten-fold. What the FAA wants to do is expand the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport which sits next door. Hence, it raised the rent knowing Ft. Lauderdale and the Orioles would no way in hell pay for it. This obviously has land grab written all over it. Hence, spring training baseball will end in South Florida (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale) with the Orioles expected to take over the Dodgers' vacated Vero Beach facility.

Do you have a link for this? Not that I don't trust you, just want to know more.

whitesoxwilkes
05-31-2008, 10:13 AM
Fort Lauderdale Stadium is a sad and tired little park. We went down there back in March for an ST game against the Marlins and it ended up getting rained out (of course we had seats on the Marlins' on deck circle, figures). The field and the stands are both just falling apart.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2361968997_b9d6041d04.jpg

It was pretty cool to see all the small jets go screaming over the ballpark on takeoff though, especially since the weather was brutal.

TDog
05-31-2008, 01:37 PM
put them in Tucson

Arizona is a better than Florida for spring training unless you are an East Coast team. Baltimore is stuck with training in Florida as long as there is a Cactus League.

Southsider101
05-31-2008, 07:02 PM
[quote=TDog;1910084]Arizona is a better than Florida for spring training unless you are an East Coast team. Baltimore is stuck with training in Florida as long as there is a Cactus League.[/quote

Any new rumors out there about possible new teams for Tucson? Or can we kiss the Old Pueblo good-by as a ST city?

Viva Medias B's
05-31-2008, 08:09 PM
Do you have a link for this? Not that I don't trust you, just want to know more.

Ask and you shall receive (http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/552888.html), even though you may need to be registered with the Miami Herald to read the article.

DSpivack
05-31-2008, 09:26 PM
Ask and you shall receive (http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/552888.html), even though you may need to be registered with the Miami Herald to read the article.

Thanks!

Good friend is from Ft. Lauderdale, so one year in college we went to a spring training game there, saw Sosa go against the Cards. Pretty run-down park, and the airport being near it makes it kind of a weird place. The Miami Fusion, a defunct MLS team, used to play next door in a run-down football stadium.

dickallen15
05-31-2008, 09:47 PM
Fort Lauderdale Stadium is a sad and tired little park. We went down there back in March for an ST game against the Marlins and it ended up getting rained out (of course we had seats on the Marlins' on deck circle, figures). The field and the stands are both just falling apart.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2361968997_b9d6041d04.jpg

It was pretty cool to see all the small jets go screaming over the ballpark on takeoff though, especially since the weather was brutal.

When I was a little kid on a family vacation we took it a Ft. Lauderdale Yankees game or two. I remember Rex Hudler, and a prodigous homer by Steve "Bye Bye" Balboni that cleared those high bushes in CF.

Viva Medias B's
05-31-2008, 10:19 PM
Thanks!

Good friend is from Ft. Lauderdale, so one year in college we went to a spring training game there, saw Sosa go against the Cards. Pretty run-down park, and the airport being near it makes it kind of a weird place. The Miami Fusion, a defunct MLS team, used to play next door in a run-down football stadium.

We used to have a home in Ft. Lauderdale, and we often went to Yankee spring training games there (especially if they were playing us) or to see the then-Fort Lauderdale Yankees (Single A team in the Florida State League). Back in those days, the '80s, it was a nice stadium. Lockhart Stadium is the football/soccer stadium next door. It is still the home of Howard Schnellenberger's Florida Atlantic Owls. The Miami Fusion of MLS and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers of NASL also played there.

Back to Ft. Lauderdale Stadium, the thing I remember most about the place was the executive box with all the airplane seats where George and his entourage would sit and watch the ballgames.