|Chronological Tour: Stop 389
Osceola County Stadium
Main entrance to Osceola Co. Stadium, Aug-2003.
A look in from the third-base line, Aug-2016.
Looking out from behind the plate in the low-slung grandstand.
- Location: Bill Beck Boulevard, off Bronson Highway (US 192) 2 miles east of Orange Blossom Parkway (US 17), just east of Kissimmee, Fla. (map it using Google Maps)
- Opened: 1985
- Home team: Osceola Astros (1985-94), Kissimmee Cobras (1995-2000), Florida Fire Frogs (2017-present), Florida State League; spring training, Houston Astros (1985-2016)
- Capacity: 5,130
Osceola County Stadium lost its minor-league team after the 2000 season, when two franchises were shifted from the high-Class A Florida State League to the low-Class A South Atlantic League in order to balance high-A and low-A at 30 teams each. However, the Houston Astros continued to use the facility for spring training through 2016. The Astros have moved to West Palm Beach for 2017, along with the Washington Nationals, but the Florida State League team that played in Viera has relocated to this ballpark just outside Kissimmee city limits and is known as the Florida Fire Frogs. The new team finally gave me a chance to see a game at this yard.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), an organization that began as the United States Slo-pitch Softball Association but grew into a provider of youth baseball and softball, had its headquarters at Osceola County Stadium through 2016. Effective in 2017, USSSA is taking over the Space Coast Stadium complex in Viera for their headquarters and primary tournament site. The Brevard County site was abandoned by both the Manatees, who are changing their name with their move to Osceola County, and the Washington Nationals, who are relocating their spring training site to Palm Beach County along with the Astros. The outer fields here at Osceola County Stadium continue to see use with AAU tournaments and the like.
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