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The Camden Effect: At 25, ballpark’s legacy is large in MLB

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A quarter-century later, Larry Lucchino can be self-deprecating about a vision that ushered in a new era of ballpark construction. “I tell everyone I’ve had one good, original idea in my 38 years in baseball,” said Lucchino, whose career as an executive has included stints with Baltimore, San Diego and Boston. “It was to build a traditional, old-fashioned ballpark with modern amenities, intimacy and irregularity.” It sounds so simple the way Lucchino describes it, and he insists the Orioles weren’t…

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex celebrates 20 years

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Amateur and professional athletes have played more than 70 different sports at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Since it opened in 1997 the story of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort has been written through the athletes who have competed on its fields, courts and diamonds. The grand opening of the sports complex featured the Atlanta Braves as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 9-7, in front of a sellout crowd…

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Sarasota County Commission hears more details about potential spring training facility with Atlanta Braves

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More details have emerged about the negotiations between the Atlanta Braves and Sarasota County, which could lead to the creation of a new spring training facility and year-round academy by 2019. “We’re hopeful that we come to a conclusion that benefits both parties, that is creative and beneficial, that is win-win for both parties,” said John Schuerholz, the vice chairman of the Braves, speaking to the board on Tuesday. The proposed 9,000 seat stadium (6,500 fixed seats and 2,500 general admission) that would be constructed in…

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Back to the drawing board for Toytown property

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Pinellas officials have tried for years to figure out what to do with Toytown, a 240-acre closed landfill in the Gateway area. They tried selling it but had no takers. So last year, in an effort to spark some interest, they asked for proposals and got three – a mixed use development, a solar farm, and a sports complex. The $662-million sports complex, which would have been anchored by a spring training center for the Atlanta Braves, caught officials’ eyes.…

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Gators, Rays and Dolphins are Florida’s favorite sports teams, pollsters say

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The Gators, Rays and Dolphins are the most favored teams among Floridians according to a survey released Tuesday by Public Policy Polling. The University of Florida Gators were the favorite college team for 29 percent of survey respondents, with their archrival, the Florida State University Seminoles, taking second place with 19 percent support. The only other teams breaking double digits were the University of Central Florida Golden Knights at 12 percent and the Miami Hurricanes, which 1 in 10 respondents…

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St. Pete City Council to ask Pinellas commissioners to hold off on allocating bed tax dollars until Rays deal is secured

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There’s not much going on at St. Pete City Council this week. The board is faced with only a handful of presentations from various groups around town and a change to an existing resolution. Even though nothing substantive is planned this week, the issue at hand is a biggie. The eight-member City Council is tasked with approving a revised resolution that would ask the Tourist Development Council and Pinellas County Commission to not allocate any tourist development funding that was…

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Toytown Braves park on hold pending St. Pete City Council decision on Rays deal

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Building a stadium for the Atlanta Braves to use for Spring Training is likely hinged on what St. Pete City Council decides on the long-looming Tampa Bay Rays issue. The Braves are interested in playing ball in St. Pete during training season, but Pinellas county commissioners are in a pickle over whether or not to support plans to build them a facility at the Toytown lot that used to be a landfill. Here’s the deal. Building a sports complex for…

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