New web site goes online for the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches has launched a new web page.

Screen shot of the landing page for the new web site for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
Screen shot of the landing page for the new web site for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Like the actual ballpark south of 45th Street in West Palm Beach, the web page is still being developed.

But the initial landing page, which went online Friday, offers a few general details for now, including links to the official web pages of the teams that will share the 160-acre complex, the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

Brady Ballard, the general manager of the ballpark, said the future website will include lots of images, links and information along with “key details of the ballpark experience, ticket information, team schedules and a calendar of non-spring training events.”

“More details to come as we build the site.”

The ballpark itself is supposed to open by January 2017.

 

 

Will new West Palm Beach baseball complex be home to World Series winner next spring?

If the experts at one national sports magazine are correct, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will host the World Series winner when the new West Palm Beach spring training complex opens in January.

Sports Illustrated predicts the Houston Astros to win the World Series this year.ASTROS SI COVER

Before you start buying champagne, take note that a year ago this time, Sports Illustrated predicted the Cleveland Indians would win the 2015 World Series.

The Indians finished 81-80 and missed the playoffs. The Kansas City Royals, who won the World Series, weren’t even picked by the magazine to make the playoffs.

Perhaps the Astros are destined to become the latest victims of the Sports Illustrated jinx, the urban legend in which sports figures who appeared on the front of the magazine have come down with injuries, lost big games or suffered some other unfortunate misfortune.

The Astros and Washington Nationals will share the $144 million complex south of 45th Street next year.

Construction is still ongoing and there’s lots to be done over the next 10 months but officials with both teams say they will play their first games there starting in late February.

The Astros’ final game at Osceola Stadium in Kissimmee, Houston’s spring home since 1985, ended without a pitch being thrown. It was rained out Saturday.

The Nationals’ were also rained out of their final game at Space Coast Stadium, the franchise’s spring home since 2003, in Viera on Monday.

VIDEO: See how the new West Palm Beach spring training complex is taking shape

Want to take a quick ride with construction crews building the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, where the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros will play starting in January?

Click this short video to see what it looked like as of a week ago.