Coastal Florida Sports Park, formerly known as Cocoa Expo Sports Center, was originally built in 1964 as the spring training home of the Houston Colt 45’s (later known as the Houston Astros). The Houston Astros called the Coastal Florida their spring home from 1964-1985; that’s 21 years! In 1985, the park turned its attention to amateur sports and hosted hundreds of NCAA, High School, and youth tournaments.
The park did not see any professional teams play in their stadium until 1993, when the Florida Marlins used Coastal Florida as their spring training home in the franchise’s inaugural season. The Florida Marlins played their first game ever in the former Cocoa Stadium. Since then, Coastal Florida Sports Park has been one of the nation’s most popular high school and college spring training facilities.
In the Summer of 2012, with a great deal of support from private sports investors, the former Cocoa Expo Sports Center received a long-overdue renovation of the entire complex. From the full-sized, 5,000 seat stadium and baseball fields to the on-site housing and indoor areas, the complex received a $40 Million overhaul and was again known as one of the premier sports complexes in the country. Despite its glorious past, the park’s finest days are still ahead. The “new and improved” Coastal Florida Sports Park will now play host to thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world. The next chapter of the Coastal Florida Sports Park story has begun.