Osceola County Stadium
Kissimmee, Florida
Year Opened
1984

Current Team
Houston Astros (Spring Home)

Affiliate
N/A

League
Grapefruit League

Capacity
5,130

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My Grades
Stadium B+ Atmosphere A Concessions A

Photos taken in 2011
Osceola County Stadium is now one of the oldest spring training parks, but probably one of the most intimate as well. This was very apparent after attending a game here the night after seeing a game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. With a capacity just over 5000, every seat is quite close to the action, especially the field level box seats. Located in Heritage Park, there is an arena nearby as well as other practice fields. Unfortunately, for most fans this means navigating a busy strip of road to get to it. Once there, though, the ballpark definitely has a laid back feel that lends itself well to a spring training environment. Built in the 1980's and renovated in 2003, Osceola County Stadium doesn't have all the amenities of newer parks, but that shouldn't matter to most fans who are here to see baseball anyhow. Seating consists of all fold down chairs – there are no bleachers or berms to be found. A roof covers most of the upper level seating, something I'm sure is appreciated on warm March days (though I went to a rather frigid night game here). The concourse is located behind the seating bowl, out of sight from the field and uncovered. While it feels a bit narrow, it never felt that crowded so apparently it big enough to hold the crowds which the Astros typically attract. There are several concessions stands offering an impressive array of food choices : gourmet dogs (Texas, Fenway, Dodger, Chicago, and Cincinnati), fresh Mexican, boiled peanuts, chicken pitas, and the ever popular “chicken on a stick”. Overall concession prices are quite reasonable compare to some other spring training parks. In terms of getting close to the players, this is one of the best spring ballparks. Large “autograph” alleys are located down each line which allow fans to catch players when they come out of the clubhouse as well as overlook the bullpens. The team does do some minor league sound effects, but overall the experience remains pretty pure. Ushers are present, but generally very unobtrusive. While some will complain that Osceola County Stadium is a boring and generic ballpark, I found it to be a refreshing change from all the newer spring ballparks. Yes, it could use some additional amenities like a walkaround concourse and a grassy berm in the outfield, but overall there is nothing wrong with this place. It feels like a spring training park should feel, and that's all that really matters to this reviewer.
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