NORTH PORT, Fla. (FOX 13) - In a year and a half, a piece of land in North Port has gone from cow pasture to a major league baseball facility.
The Cool Today Park, located at The West Villages, is the new home of Atlanta Braves spring training.
Crews are working around the clock to make sure they're ready to welcome the team.
"It will put us on the map in a new and exciting way," said North Port City Manager Peter Lear. "I think it will help people realize we are not just a bedroom community."
Lear said the stadium and its facilities are already bringing other big businesses to town.
"We already have a couple of hotels coming to look at the area. Now that the stadium is here, we expect for that to come out of the ground soon," he said.
The stadium cost $125 million. The Braves, Sarasota County, North Port, and the state shared the bill. It's a state-of-the-art facility with all of today's modern technology.
"You have the modern feel but the traditional baseball aspect. You can watch the game from any different perspective with the 360 concourse," said Mike Dunn.
The Braves will move from ESPN's World Wide of Sports. They'll be playing spring training baseball in Sarasota County for the next 30 years.
Mike Dunn the Vice President of Florida Operations for the Braves said their fan base will move with them.
"Braves country will follow and show up and we will create a little bit of inter-water way rivalry if you will with the Rays and the Orioles and the teams that are closest to us," said Dunn.
As the last minute details are finished up, the excitement builds.
"I'm getting my tickets and parking pass," said Danny Gilkey.
Danny Gilkey lives in Venice. He's purchased spring training tickets for the next five years. He's ready to watch the team and his area grow.
"We are really looking forward to all the new development, restaurants things to do," he said.
The first pitch will be thrown out Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The Braves will play the Rays.