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Commissioner stops by Ballpark of Palm Beaches Opening Day

Just 15 months after the groundbreaking, it was time to play ball Tuesday at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The Astros and the Nationals share this stadium, but they were competitors for the first time on their new home field. The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches opened for business, and baseball's boss was there to take it in.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred closed the Oversized scissors, returning to the site of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for the first time since the groundbreaking. And he was impressed.

"These spring training sites keep getting better and better," said Manfred.

Work crews have on the job round the clock for months to get this park finished for Opening Day. And mission accomplished as there was no visible construction or unfinished business anywhere in the stadium.

"I know that along the way there were some nervous people, but here we are, we are up and running."

The creation of this ballpark was hugely important for the sustainability of spring training in the area. If the Nationals and Astros moved somewhere else, then the Cardinals and Marlins could have left too. Instead, spring training in Southeast Florida is as strong as it has been in years.

"We have a little apartment in Juno, so I wanted to keep it strong down Southeast Florida. But it's not just personal, it's good for the game.

And its great for baseball fans in Palm Beach County.

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