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Coordinates: 28°21′47″N 80°48′10″W / 28.363004°N 80.802861°W / 28.363004; -80.802861 The Cocoa Expo Sports Center is a multi-sport complex located near Cocoa, Florida. Originally built in 1964 as the spring training home for Major League Baseball's Houston Astros (then the Colt 45's) it was purchased by private ownership in 1984 and turned into a center for amateur sports. The complex has the original 5,000 seat Cocoa Stadium and 6 additional baseball fields, four multi-purpose athletic fields, a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) arena that can accommodate three basketball courts and four volleyball courts, a 100-room air-conditioned athletes dormitory, cafeteria and meeting space.

The center again hosted Major League Baseball in the spring of 1993 when the Florida Marlins played their inaugural spring training season games in Cocoa Stadium. In addition to Major League Baseball, the complex has been home to the Joe Brinkman Umpire School, Clint Hurdle's Big League Experience Camp, youth baseball, soccer, basketball and volleyball tournaments and is the home field for the Cocoa Expos professional women's soccer team. For the past 23 years Cocoa Expo Sports Center has operated one of the nation's largest college and high school spring training programs.[citation needed] Over 300 college and high school and club baseball, softball and lacrosse teams annually travel to Cocoa Expo to conduct spring training.[citation needed]



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