Until last week, the construction site at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches didn’t offer any hints that it would one day be home to a Major League Baseball spring training facility.
That changed Thursday when crew installed light towers on one of the Washington Nationals’ six practice fields.
Now, “Driving by it, it stands out as ‘That’s a baseball field,”’ said Brady Ballard, general manager of the ballpark.
The Nationals and Houston Astros will share the $144 million facility starting in January just south of 45th Street between Haverhill Road and Military Trail.
“We all know it’s a tight schedule but we are on schedule,” Ballard said.
Each team will get six practice fields. Of the 12 fields, two will be up to Major League Baseball standards, including light poles.
The light poles at the main stadium haven’t gone up yet. In fact, the main stadium doesn’t quite look like a baseball facility yet, at least not from your car window on Military Trail or Haverhill Road. But that will change in the coming months.
In about two weeks, crews will start to install grass on some of the practice fields.
On Friday, the teams loaned some of their construction crews to help make improvements at a nearby church just north of the baseball facility.