OSCEOLA COUNTY STADIUM
Newly renovated in 2003, Osceola County Stadium has been the spring-training home of the Houston Astros since 1985, when the team shifted spring-training facilities from Cocoa. (This was a shame, as the Astros had a perfect link to Cocoa. Cocoa Beach was the home to Major Anthony Nelson on I Dream of Jeannie, and as you all recall Major Nelson was -- an astronaut!)
The renovations to Osceola County Stadium and Complex, which carry a price tag of $18.4 million, include increasing the stadium capacity to over 5,200 (5,225) with the addition of another 300 seats, and installing all armchair seating, a new press box, and separate major and minor league clubhouses with state-of-the-art training facilities. Other new fan-friendly features include "Autograph Alley" and a party deck for private functions.
The remodeling turned one of the worst ballparks in spring training into one of the best. Though it's still the smallest ballpark in the Grapefruit League, Osceola County Stadium is a very comfortable place to watch a spring-training game.
Spring Training History
The Houston Colt .45s began their history with training camp in Apache Junction, Ariz., in 1962-1963. In 1964 spring training was shifted to Cocoa Beach, where the Astros trained until 1984. In 1985 the Astros moved to their current spring-training home in Kissimmee.
Osceola County Stadium has been the spring-training home of the Houston Astros since 1985.