O's near deal to move spring camp in '10

Updated: July 21, 2009, 6:55 PM ET
Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sarasota County officials say they've reached a tentative agreement that would bring the Baltimore Orioles to the area for spring training in 2010.

Officials released a statement Tuesday saying they would send the agreement to the county commission for approval. The Sarasota City Commission will also have to approve parts of the deal. Both boards are scheduled to vote Wednesday.

The 30-year agreement calls for the renovation and expansion of Ed Smith Stadium at an estimated cost of $31.2 million. The Orioles would pay all operating and maintenance costs for the term of the lease, while the county and the team would split capital maintenance and repair costs.

Some of the funding would include local tourism tax revenue and more than $7 million in state money.


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