First Data Field Is New Name Of New York Mets' Spring Training Home In Port St. Lucie
The long-standing tradition of Port St. Lucie's spring training stadium name is no more.
Tradition Field has been renamed First Data Field, the New York Mets announced Thursday.
The commerce technology company has agreed to an exclusive 10-year partnership with the Mets for the naming rights to the stadium, which has undergone several name changes since it was built in 1988.
The ballpark opened as Thomas J. White Stadium (1988-2004), named for a real estate developer who campaigned to bring the Mets to Port St. Lucie; was renamed Tradition Field for the town's master-planned community from 2005 to 2009 and again from the 2013 season onward; and operated as Digital Domain Park for a three-season stint in between.
The Mets also reached an agreement with St. Lucie County in November that will keep the team in Port St. Lucie for the next 25 years. Under the terms of its Facilities Use Agreement, the county will help fund $55 million in upgrades to First Data Field.
Proposed renovations include an outfield boardwalk, a new entrance, and new major league and minor league clubhouses.
The Mets' opening day at First Data Field is Feb. 25 against the Washington Nationals. For more information about spring training, see our preview story here.
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