VIERA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Washington Nationals will be moving from Viera to South Florida, but not before offering a parting gift to the community that has served as home to the Major League Baseball organization's spring training operations for the last decade.
As a thank you to Viera, the Nationals will present a $10,000 donation to Hawks RBI Club, Inc., a nonprofit organization which raises funds for Viera High School’s baseball team.
"The donation is intended to express the organization’s gratitude to Viera, and will be used for the construction of a new hitting/pitching facility on Viera High School’s campus," said Carly Rolfe, communications manager for the team. "Viera is currently the only high school in Brevard County that does not have an on-campus field or practice facility."
The Nationals have held Spring Training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera since the organization moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005.
In an announcement last spring, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the Nationals agreed to keep their spring training operations in the state for the next 30 years, thanks to an incentives package to to help pay for a new stadium in West Palm Beach. Officials broke ground on the roughly $140 million facility in November. It is expected to open in 2017. The stadium will also serve as the spring training home for the Houston Astros, which currently play in Kissimmee.