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Charlotte County Florida commissioners postpone vote on renaming Tampa Bay Rays spring training park

In a regularly scheduled meeting this morning, the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners approved a request from the Tampa Bay Rays to pull the item of officially changing the name of Charlotte Sports Park to Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park from the meeting agenda as originally scheduled.

Commissioner Robert (Bob) Starr polled all seven commissioners present, and the motion to pull the item passed by a vote of 6 to 1. In response to a commissioner’s inquiry, Starr explained that the motion would not receive attention by the commission again until after a second citizens’ input session on the issue.

According to a February 23 story on mlb.com, an agreement reached between the Rays and the Mosaic Company – a world leader in the production of crop nutrients, including phosphate from Florida – provides for the field to be called Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park for a 15-year period beginning immediately and expiring in 2024.

Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park is home to the Tampa Bay Rays spring training and the Charlotte Stone Crabs regular season, as well as other events.

As part of a $27 million dollar renovation, the stadium has been completely refurbished to a gleaming, family-friendly venue. Completed in early 2009, the seating bowl showcases a 360 degree fan-friendly pedestrian concourse, a new luxury suite level, two outfield berms, a tiki bar, a children’s play area, and new group areas. Capacity is approximately 6,000 fixed seats plus another 1,500 seats in the general admission areas. A new 40,000 square foot building houses administrative offices and brand new major and minor league clubhouses.

Mosaic Field at Charlotte Sports Park is located at 2300 El Jobean Road in Port Charlotte, Florida.
 

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