Charlotte Sports Park
(formerly known as Charlotte County Stadium
and Ranger Stadium
) is a baseball
stadium in Port Charlotte, Florida
. The stadium is the home field for Tampa Bay Rays spring training
operations, as well as its Class-A Florida State League Charlotte Stone Crabs
and Rookie-class Gulf Coast Rays
Originally built in 1987, the main stadium underwent a renovation that was completed in January 2009 at a cost of $27 million.
Prior to the Rays, the stadium was once home of the Texas Rangers
' minor league affiliate Charlotte Rangers, and has played host to college baseball tournaments and the South Coast League Charlotte County Redfish
On February 3, 2010, the Rays announced a naming rights deal with The Mosaic Company
. The agreement was reported to last through 2024. However, due to a potential conflict-of-interest with Charlotte County
— whom ultimately must approve the name change — on February 10, the Rays asked for more time to study the proposal before giving it to the county commissioners for final approval.
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