PORT ST.LUCIE, Fla – First Data Field, formerly known as Tradition Field, is located in Port St. Lucie and is where the New York Mets Spring Training has taken place since 1988.
Port St. Lucie is only a couple of hours away from Orlando and minutes away from Hutchinson Island beaches and the PGA Village. It is found on what is known locally as Florida’s Treasure Coast.
The St. Lucie Mets Minor League Team and all the New York Mets Minor League operations share this space. The main stadium has a seating capacity of 7,000 and is available for concerts, festivals, and much more, making it a prime location for a great Florida experience.
First Data Field will host 18 spring training games in 2017, and will continue to serve as the summer home of the Mets, New York’s Advanced-A minor league affiliate.
Initially, the stadium was named Thomas J. White Stadium, up until 2004 when Tradition acquired the naming rights for its first time. Tradition reacquired the naming rights in 2013. Since then, the stadium has been renamed First Data Field.
First Data Field followed the examples of other ballparks and transformed a once-secluded patch of real estate into a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Chain restaurants, hotels and a bowling alley have all sprung up in recent years just south of the stadium, which is close to three championship golf courses.
In November, the St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously approved a new Facilities Use Agreement with the Mets to provide $55 million in renovations to First Data Field that will keep the Mets in Port St. Lucie for the next 25 years.
The Mets will play 140 games in the Florida State League with 70 at home and 70 on the road. The season opens on Thursday, April 6 with a home game at Tradition Field against the Palm Beach Cardinals.