Washington Nationals look to move Spring Training out of Viera

The Nationals/Expos franchise has trained at Space Coast Stadium in Viera since 2003. Photo: Joe Condon

The Washington Nationals are looking to break their lease at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., Florida Today reports, potentially setting the stage for the team to move its Spring Training location.

Florida Today reports that the franchise, who has spent its springs in Viera since 2003, is looking to move to a location closer to the other teams in the Grapefruit League.

The Nationals' lease at the 8,100-seat stadium runs out in 2017, but the team reportedly wants to leave Viera in time for Spring Training in 2015.

Washington is one of only four teams that plays its Spring Training games on Florida's Atlantic coast. The New York Mets, Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals all train near Viera, but the vast majority of teams in the Grapefruit League play their games on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The Nationals drew an average of 5,329 fans to their 16 games at Space Coast Stadium this past spring, about 1,300 fewer than the Grapefruit League average.