Atlanta Braves could be looking for new spring training home

By Jake Lamb, ClickOrlando.com staff
Published On: Mar 12 2014 12:18:43 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 06:27:44 PM EDT

The Braves are "considering" leaving Disney when their contract runs out in 2017.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Braves are reportedly "considering" leaving Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports when their contract runs out in 2017.

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Since 1998, Disney's Wide World of Sports has been home to the Atlanta Braves spring training; however, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves are "considering" leaving Disney when their contract runs out in 2017.

Other teams, like the Nationals and the Astros, looking to leave Central Florida would cause increased travel for the players during training, and that is why the Braves are "considering" leaving, says the team's president.

The team is looking at alternative spring training sites so they can be closer to their competitors in South Florida.

Right now, the Braves play the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, the Houston Astros in Kissimee and the Washington Nationals in Viera.

A Disney World spokesman says the company enjoys hosting the Braves and their fans at the World Wide of Sports and look forward to hosting them in upcoming seasons.

The Braves' president tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution they have no made any decisions yet, but do need to look at their options to do what's right for their business.

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