Osceola County Stadium

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Osceola County Stadium
Location Kissimmee, Florida United States
Building chronology
Built 1984
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Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL, was a home of Kissimmee affiliated baseball (Champion Stadium was the other) from 1985 through 2019. After that, the fan-starved Florida Fire Frogs of the Florida State League accepted $500,000 to break their lease - and never played another game.

The Frogs were to play the Coronavirus pandemic-canceled 2020 season at their parent Atlanta Braves' new spring-training stadium in North Port, FL - but only for that year. The deal was enabled by a one-season waiver of the Charlotte Stone Crabs' territorial rights, and the lack of a future Frogs' playpen probably contributed to their disappearance in MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization.

Opened in 1984, OCS hosted Houston Astros spring-training and Gulf Coast League games through 2016 plus FSL through 2000. After the Astros left the FSL, the county signed U.S. Specialty Sports Association youth baseball for 2003.

In 2017, the Astros and Washington Nationals triggered a game of musical ballparks with a joint complex in West Palm Beach, FL. The Nats and then-Brevard County Manatees had shared Space Coast Stadium, which reacted to losing the Nats and the 'Tees by luring the USSSA from OCS. That left OCS and the 'Tees each other's best option.

Despite the Frogs' poor overall attendance in their three years at OCS, they did host the largest baseball crowd in the ballpark's history. The draw was less Frogs and more Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, who routinely drew outsized crowds during his foray into minor league baseball.

A thoroughly remodeled OCS is now the training home of Major League Soccer's Orlando City SC and its feeder club, Orlando City B.