OCALA, Fla. - The Tampa Yankees are one step closer to relocating to Ocala. Tuesday, the city will host an information session where they'll reveal designs for a new stadium.
Tuesday's conversation will include details about a proposed multipurpose complex the minor league team would call their new home. They are set to discuss land agreements as well as studies the city has completed to ensure this would be a good move.
"The city of Ocala is in ongoing discussions with the New York Yankees organization regarding potential relocation opportunities for their Class A minor league team," said Ocala Spokeswoman Jeannine Robbins.
But why move in the first place? Steinbrenner Field has been home to the Tampa Yankees since 1996. It's a ball park that can hold 11,076 fans, and Tampa has been called the birthplace of spring training in Florida.
It could have a lot to do with attendance. The team only averaged about 1,700 fans per game in 2013 and Ocala thinks they can draw bigger crowds and more attention.
"We hope attendance would increase going to Ocala," said Yankes VP of Marketing Howard Grosswirth.
It's another blow to the bay area though, as more reports surface regarding the Toronto Blue Jays moving, not only their minor league operations, but also their spring training facility from Dunedin to Palm Beach Gardens in 2017.
"It's just unfortunate that option is going away. It is an affordable option for families," said Tampa Yankees fan Philip Wartenberg.
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