Jupiter’s Roger Dean Stadium Renovation Project is a “Go”

photo: Roger Dean Stadium (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

After years of negotiations, the future of the St. Louis Cardinals’ Florida home base has finally been settled through April 2049.

On Tuesday, May 17, Palm Beach County commissioners unanimously approved issuing $75.1 million in bonds to renovate the spring training home that the Cardinals share with the Miami Marlins. In return, the clubs extend their leases to remain in Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for the next 25 years.

Cardinals Jupiter complex (Google Earth)

There was a sense of urgency as the organizations’ current leases were set to expire in 2027.

Last year, Palm Beach County approved a $108 million renovation plan for the complex, but it was put on hold due to COVID-related reductions in travel. The primary source of the funds is the county’s hotel bed tax. The cost of rest of the project, which has grown to $111 million, will come from tourism funds from the State of Florida earmarked to retain major league teams training in the state, the two teams and the company that runs the stadium, Jupiter Stadium, Ltd.

In the quarter century since the facility opened in 1998, RDS has become overcrowded and outdated by MLB standards.

The approved plans include demolition of existing clubhouses to make room for additional outfield seating, replacement clubhouses, relocated bullpens, upgraded concession stands, new group spaces and other improvements. An earlier plan for a 360-degree concourse was removed from the final version of the project.

Baseball at the two Palm Beach County stadiums (RDS and Ballpark of the Palm Beaches) is expected to provide an economic impact of more than $60 million next year. This includes benefits from MLB spring training, the minor league Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals, as well as national baseball showcases and tournaments held throughout the year.

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Peoria Chiefs Notebook – 2022 Week 9

2022 Prospect Guide now available

Now available, The Cardinal Nation 2022 Prospect Guide is back for a fifth year. It includes 276 pages of in-depth commentary about the very best St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including dozens of color photos, scouting reports and much more.

Order TCN’s 2022 Cardinals Prospect Guide

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

Special limited time bundle

Save 25% on your first year’s subscription to The Cardinal Nation – just $59.95 when you also purchase The Cardinal Nation’s 2022 Cardinals Prospect Guide in printed book form.

This is our best-ever subscription price! You receive $120.00 of value for $99.90! This offer ends when the supply of Prospect Guides is exhausted – so don’t wait!

Special Limited Time Bundle – The Cardinal Nation Subscription plus Prospect Guide

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnation.com. Follow Brian on Twitter.

© 2022 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.