LEADOFF: Price rises for Braves’ new spring-training facility

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The price tag has changed on the Braves' new spring-training facility: It's now $110 million, up from $100 million as of groundbreaking three months ago.

The Braves confirmed the current figure this week, adding the caveat that they intend to work toward lowering it as plans are finalized.

The new facility is being built in the West Villages Florida community in the Sarasota County city of North Port. The Braves will move their spring-training base there from Disney’s Wide World of Sports near Orlando, where they have trained since 1998 and will train again this year. The new facility is slated to open in 2019, posing an aggressive construction schedule.

A preliminary estimate early last year put the facility’s cost in the $75 million to $80 million range, which had increased to $100 million by September.

The latest increase in cost doesn’t change the amount of taxpayer money going into the project: The state of Florida, Sarasota County and North Port have committed approximately $45 million combined. A private developer will contribute $4.7 million plus land and infrastructure. The Braves are responsible for the rest.

The project changed general contractors shortly before the groundbreaking ceremony.


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