You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myPalmBeachPost.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myPalmBeachPost.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myPalmBeachPost.com.

Squeeze play: Crews race to finish stadium for Astros, Nationals


The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will be complete by Feb. 28, in time for the opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals but not a second sooner.

Representatives of both baseball teams told the county commission Tuesday morning they’re sprinting to the finish, no thanks to Hurricane Matthew, which required work crews to spend two days securing the 161-acre Haverhill Road site and two more days getting it unwrapped and back in action.

Astros General Counsel Giles Kibbe and Art Fuccillo, a Nationals partner, said the teams’ 12 practice fields will be ready for their arrival in mid-February. The stadium, which is a bit behind schedule, will still be a work in progress then but will be finished by Feb. 28, Kibbe said.

To read the latest headlines from West Palm Beach, go to: mypalmbeachpost.com/westpalm.

The public multipurpose fields and city park, on the south end of the site, also will be complete by then, he added.

The payoff for the county should come soon, he said. The Astros alone have reserved 17,700 hotel room days for the year, most of them during spring training but many spread around the calendar. That alone represents an investment of $2.75 million, he said.

Fuccillo did not have hotel stats for the Nationals but said the complex would go down as one of the county commission’s major accomplishments.

“We’re racing through this project as fast as we can but time has not been cooperating on so many different aspects of it,” Fuccillo said. “We are committed to getting it open. We are working very hard.”

Facebook users, follow facebook.com/postonwestpalm/ for the latest news and updates.

“…It’s not an easy process, baking this cake,” he said. “Every single day we get more optimistic. It’s a sprint.”

Commissioner Shelley Vana said she’s hoping the Atlanta Braves will be impressed enough by the $148.5 million complex to also build a stadium, at John Prince Park in Lake Worth. Nearby businesses are hoping for that, she said.

Kibbe replied that he’s friends with the Braves’ executive team. “If there’s anything we could do on that, we’d love to do it,” he said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

NEW: PBSO seeks car missing front grill in fatal Lake Worth hit-run
NEW: PBSO seeks car missing front grill in fatal Lake Worth hit-run

Investigators are looking for a driver in what they call a fatal hit-and-run in Lake Worth Sunday, and the car may be heavily damaged including a missing front grill. From parts at the scene, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office officials say the vehicle is a silver 2005-2007 Toyota Corolla that “should have extensive front-end damage including...
UPDATE: Boca woman who died in crash into lake ID’d; alcohol cited
UPDATE: Boca woman who died in crash into lake ID’d; alcohol cited

Update: Authorities have identified the driver who died in Sunday’s crash as Alejandra Valadez, 20, of Boca Raton. She and front-seat passenger Alexis Jade Singh, 16, were brought to shore in cardiac arrest. Rescue crews began trying to resuscitate both near the lake just east of Interstate 95 and north of Southwest 10th Street. They were able...
Memorial Day: In Boynton, fresh flags placed on top of veterans’ graves
Memorial Day: In Boynton, fresh flags placed on top of veterans’ graves

Memorial Day represents more than a three-day weekend that marks the unofficial start of summer, Stan Gavlick reminded people gathered under a blazing Sunday afternoon sun. “My friends, this is Memorial Day weekend, and let us remember the meaning of this day,” Gavlick said. “It’s not about baseball, beaches, hot dogs or shopping...
WATCH: Massive crash at Indy 500 sends car airborne, landing in fiery explosion on track 
WATCH: Massive crash at Indy 500 sends car airborne, landing in fiery explosion on track 

  A major crash at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday sent a race car airborne, careening out of control, before landing in pieces on the track.  The drivers of the two cars involved, Jay Howard and Scott Dixon, were fine, but the violent smash-up caused moments of panic in the pits and in the stands.  Horrified crew members and spectators...
Body found in canal near Southern Boulevard
Body found in canal near Southern Boulevard

No foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found Sunday afternoon floating in a canal near Southern Boulevard near Palm Beach International Airport, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera. A passerby saw the body at 1:26 p.m. near Southern and Kirk Road, Barbera said. It was a male body that didn&rsquo...
More Stories