Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Developing: Naming Rights for the Astros and Nationals Spring Training Facility Change?

Less than three years into the naming rights deal, the name of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros Spring Training facility has changed.

Our friend Steve Mears from TalkNats.com is reporting from a source that “they believe that the #Nats and #Astros spring training home will no longer be called #FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. That sponsorship with naming rights began in Feb 2018. Stay tuned. The teams are NOT relocating.”

From what we are hearing, this just blew up on Friday morning, and what makes it more interesting is the naming rights that were only for three years, which began back in February of 2018. On February 16, 2018, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches was renamed FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches after the Astros and Nationals signed a 12-year deal for naming rights to the stadium. What is interesting to note, this change comes under three years into the 12-year sponsorship deal. Did something and what occurred to change the sponsorship deal this quickly?

As of this article, the Twitter handle for the “Ballpark of the Palm Beaches,” has been changed to @Ballpark_PB. The change of the other social media channels have also changed; along with the website. However, the url has has not been updated or changed as of January 11, 2021 at 5:11 pm EST. 

*We will update this article as more news develops**

One additonal note here, the presale of spring training tickets for the 2021 season were postponed. There was supposed to be an exclusive presale starting tomorrow for season ticket holders. We are now wondering if this is an result of the naming rights.

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