Palm Beach County will become the Major League Baseball (MLB) Spring Training capital of Florida when the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches opens on February 28th. During this historic day, Palm Beach County will become home to four (4) of the 15 teams that compete in Florida’s Grapefruit League. During the MLB spring training baseball season, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals will occupy the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach while the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals will play baseball at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
For the past 19 years, Roger Dean Stadium has been the only two-team spring training facility in Florida. This will change in February of 2017 during the inaugural baseball season at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The brand new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, which is a $145 million complex that amplifies a fan-centric spring training experience, will become the second two-team facility that exists in Florida. The combination of Roger Dean Stadium and the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches makes Palm Beach County the premier baseball destination in Florida.
When The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches opens, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals fans will be exposed to the latest in high-end fan experiences. This new stadium will attract vacationing baseball fans during spring training and will be an attraction for the neighboring communities to enjoy.
As fans approach the nearly 8,000 person capacity stadium, they will be greeted by two 30-foot-tall Astros and Nationals logo sculptures and a Grand Plaza with steps leading into the state-of-the-art stadium which is designed to give fans a comfortable experience. The stadium will include an entertaining party deck, six (6) luxury suites, and world class press box amenities. Game attendees can bring a blanket or lawn chair and watch from the grassy lawn or opt for a more luxurious arrangement in the on-field loge box. The loge box will offer premium cushioned seating and waiter service where they can watch the players up close and personal. The (6) luxury suites that will allow guests to have a true Florida experience as the balconies are set up like an open patio and seats can be moved around. Two additional decks can host up to 100 people for special group or business events.
This impressive stadium allows fans to make their way to the concession stands without missing a minute of the action thanks to the wraparound concourse which is a continuous loop with views of the game. At least 40 percent of the seating will naturally be in the shade and the percentage will increase as the sun’s position changes later in the day.
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches spans over 160 acres of land. In addition to the Astros and Nationals’ modernized clubhouses, agility fields, rehabilitation lap pools and practice diamonds, the site also encompasses a 1.8-mile walking trail and 12-acre city park, complete with a playground, green space, lighted basketball courts and pavilions.
In addition to Major League Baseball, the Ballpark of The Palm Beaches will host a variety of sports events. Including the stadium field, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches features a total of 13 full size baseball diamonds (both the Nationals and Astros maintain 6 practice fields). The facility will be capable of hosting some of the largest baseball high school age and collegiate baseball tournaments in the nation. Additionally, the Ballpark of The Palm Beaches will feature seven (7) multi-purpose fields for sports such as flag and tackle football, soccer, lacrosse, and rugby. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will be a community destination and an ideal spot for amateur sports tournaments.
The inaugural MLB spring training baseball season with the Astros and Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches begins on February 28th and concludes on March 29th. MLB spring training baseball with the Marlins and Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium begins on February 25th and finishes on April 1. To secure your tickets to the historic spring training baseball season in Palm Beach County, visit www.ballparkpalmbeaches.com and www.rogerdeanstadium.com.
The 2017 Honda Classic will be in full swing on Monday, February 20nd through Sunday, February 26th as the field of 144 PGA TOUR professionals takes to the links at PGA National Resort & Spa to compete for a total purse of $6.4 million. This tournament marks the eleventh consecutive year The Honda Classic will be contested on PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course, and the 15th consecutive year it has called Palm Beach County home. The opening tournament rounds tee off at 7:00am on Thursday, February 23rd and Friday, February 26th. Weekend action begins at 9:00am on Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th.
The Honda Classic has compiled one of the best fields of pro golfers outside of the four golf majors in the world this year. This year, the tournament will feature legends such as Padraig Harrington, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose, Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and defending champion, Adam Scott.
The Honda Classic is one of Palm Beach County’s marquee sporting events and this year is no different. In 2016 the event brought in 202,128 attendees, which set a new attendance record.
"I think the word continues to spread around the PGA TOUR that this is a special event that kicks off the Florida swing," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "Each year more players are deciding to come and be a part of it. "The quality of this field is a continued endorsement of what we have done with this event over the past eight years. We are proud that the leading players in the world love playing here and think they will enjoy the re-grassed fairways and other improvements that have been implemented by Jack Nicklaus and PGA National this year. It should be a great week."
While The Honda Classic strives to provide Palm Beach County with a premier professional sporting event, the ultimate goal is to positively impact youth in need through charitable endeavors. In 2016, the tournament awarded over $3 million to a wide roster of local causes, eclipsing the $2.55 million total that was a record in 2015. It is the eleventh straight year the event has increased its charitable distribution to South Florida Children's Charities. When the tournament moved to PGA National Resort & Spa in 2007, it awarded $430,000. By 2010, it had eclipsed the $1 million mark ($1,018,961) and it broke through the $2 million barrier in 2013. In 2016 giving included an individual grant of $1 million to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation that goes to building a new dedicated pediatric emergency department at Jupiter Medical Center.
The Honda Classic makes a major impact regionally, nationally, and internationally. The tournament provides PGA TOUR excitement to incoming visitors and Palm Beach County residents alike. This provides a major boost to the local economy. Fans, media, sponsors, and the players generate more than 7,000 nightly hotel bookings and pump roughly $45 million into the local economy. Palm Beach County is showcased world-wide as The Honda Classic is televised live on Golf Channel and NBC and is internationally distributed to 250 countries, with a potential reach that exceeds 800 million households.
The Champion Course at PGA National is a major reason why The Honda Classic has blossomed into one of the elite events on the PGA TOUR. The course has become known as one of the most challenging layouts in tournament golf. The Bear Trap, comprised of Holes 15-17, is considered one of the toughest stretches of golf on the PGA TOUR. PGA National has helped build Palm Beach County’s storied golf reputation. In addition to The Honda Classic, PGA National has hosted some of golf’s most defining moments, including the 1983 Ryder Cup and the 1987 PGA Championship. "We feel like we have the best venue on the PGA TOUR," Kennerly said.
Make sure you visit The Honda Classic, one of the greatest spectacles in sports for Palm Beach County. In addition to featuring the best PGA TOUR stars competing, The Honda Classic features a week-long schedule of events and activities, including two pro-am tournaments, golf clinics, practice rounds, children’s activities, an “after play” concert series, and two fireworks shows. For additional event information, ticket packages and commitment list of PGA TOUR professionals competing this year, please visit www.thehondaclassic.com.
The Delray Beach Open brings world class tennis back to The Palm Beaches this February at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The Delray Beach Open is the only combined ATP World Tour & Champions Tour event that exists on the globe. The ATP World Tour event, one of only 10 in the United States, will take place from February 17 to 26 and consists of a competitive, single-elimination individual and doubles event. The Delray Beach Open features many of the top-ranked men’s professionals in the world. The main draw consists of 32 world class tennis players.
Prior to the ATP World Tour, the Delray Beach Tennis Center will host the only ATP Champions Tour event in the United States for the sixth consecutive year on February 17-19. This is the only ATP Champions Tour sanctioned event in the United States and consists of players that have been ranked World No. 1, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team (plus one-two Wildcards). Past participants have included stars such as Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Mardy Fish, Jimmy Connors, and James Blake.
The Delray Beach Open is seen nationally and internationally in over 150 countries with a potential reach of 128.2 million homes. Between 50,000 and 60,000 spectators are expected to visit the Delray Beach Tennis Center over the course of this event.
All events and ticket promotions can be found on the YellowTennisBall.com website, or call 561-330-6000. Make sure you secure your tickets today!
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will host the OneHockey Florida Invitational Shootout from February 17-20 at Palm Beach Skate Zone in Lake Worth and Palm Beach Ice Works in West Palm Beach. OneHockey is a leading provider of ice hockey tournaments in North America. OneHockey’s four day event at Palm Beach Skate Zone and Ice Works will attract approximately 45 youth hockey teams consisting of more than 750 athletes. Teams will travel from across the Nation and globe. Countries such as Canada, China, Latvia and Estonia are expected to send teams to this tournament. Age groups include squirt, peewee, bantam, under 16 and under 18.
The event is expected to create a considerable tourism impact. The visiting athletes and their families are projected to create over 1,200 hotel room nights and more than $600,000 in visitor spending.
Palm Beach Skate Zone is South Florida’s only ice and Roller Skating Rink. Skate Zone is a 75,000 square feet facility, which features two ice skating rinks, one roller skating rink, newly renovated locker rooms and a full service pro shop. Palm Beach Ice Works is the newest skating facility in South Florida. The state of the art 58,000 square foot Olympic sized training facility is complete with a strength and condition room. As well as a brand new Olympia Ice re-surfacing machine equipped with laser guided technology to assure a perfect sheet of ice each time out. They are the second facility in North America to have these machines!
The North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championship will take place on March 4th, 2017 at the South County Regional Park on their cross country course. This one-day endurance test for senior and junior athletes is held over grass and hilly terrain and will feature the best cross-country runners from countries like the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Aruba, Trinidad and Jamaica.
The event is both a team and individual event with awards three deep in both Junior and senior categories for Males and Females. Teams of 6 athletes with 4 to score represent the Athletics Association of their respected countries.
History of the NACAC Championship
The Championship Races are run over a loop course of between 1500m and 2,000m over the following approximate distances: minimum up to (IAAF WXC distances recommended)