Osceola County rejects plan for stadium for Washington Nationals
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Osceola County commissioners have rejected a proposal to build a new baseball spring training facility in Kissimmee to attract the Washington Nationals, as the Major League Baseball team looks to relocate from its current home in Brevard County.
More than a month ago, the Nationals asked the county to build a $100 million, 8,500-seat stadium and spring training complex with ten fields, and numerous amenities.
Hoteliers balked at the overall estimated cost -- $220 million over 30 years -- because the money used to finance the construction would have come from a tax they pay to help generate tourism in Osceola County.
The Nationals came back with a counter offer to raise the rent on themselves, generating $18 million dollars in savings, but they also asked the county to pass along a $3 tax to each ticket sold to lessen the blow of the rent increase.
In the end, a majority of commissioners agreed that it was not in the best interest of the county.
The Nationals have said they are considering several options for a new spring training home, including locations in Florida and Arizona.