Visiting the Nats new Spring Training complex yesterday was spectacular. The weather was high in the 70’s, sunny, low humidity and a very mild breeze. The Ballpark at the Palm Beaches is a 24/7 rush to the finish here with workers, equipment and activity everywhere.
Approaching the main entrance on Haverhill Road, it looks a bit like a moon landing as all the parking lots which serve as construction staging areas are filled with dirt piles, equipment and supplies .
Well back in the lunar setting, across a large site developed lake is the main stadium surrounded by the high fenced practice fields and light towers . Impressive, very wide view from the main road.
Truckloads of turf and palm trees ready for landscaping sit in the lot.
The property envelope is a rectangular shaped parcel bordered by main highways . Along the back, the practice fields edge up directly to a busy road (Military Trail).
I was able to view a couple practice fields from an open gate where I was literally on the warning track. A prominent red sign displayed a warning that it would be a felony to enter without permission so I figured I was close enough! The outfield grass was green, green, green and well-manicured and looked inviting. The warning track was topped very small, brownish gravel (photo below).
I was on the right field side so of course easy to imagine #34 shagging some fly balls exactly next to me!
It’s exciting Nats fans thinking about this baseball wonderland about to come to life!