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Groundbreaking ceremony Monday for West Palm Beach spring training facility

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - After months of negotiations and land swaps, it’s finally time for construction to begin on a new spring training facility in West Palm Beach.

On Monday morning, the first dirt will be shoveled at the new ballpark located at 45th Street and Haverhill Road.

A private ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled at the 160-acre site, which was a former landfill.

Representatives from the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred are expected to attend.

The deal didn't come without some cooperation between the county and the city, which both agreed to a land swap.  The county also agreed to $133 million in construction bonds for the project. 

The 6,500-seat stadium is scheduled to open in January 2017 and will mark the return of Major League Baseball to the city after the Braves and Expos left in 1997. 

Mayor Jeri Muoio says she is looking forward to baseball returning.

"I can't wait until it's up and built and we're actually having baseball games occurring there. People will so appreciate it. It's going to be a beautiful park, very welcoming to everybody. I'm just really excited, can't wait to see it built," said Muoio.

The private event starts at 10:30 a.m.

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