|Location||Port St. Lucie, Florida United States |
|St. Lucie Mets|
Clover Park, in Port St. Lucie, FL, is the home of the St. Lucie Mets, the New York Mets' Low-A Southeast farm team. It is also the site of Mets spring training games, and their rookie-Florida Complex League team(s). It was the Mets' 2020 Coronavirus pandemic alternate training site.
It and FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in North Port, FL, co-hosted the 2020 Americas Olympics Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (both delayed into 2021) that the pandemic had dislodged from Arizona in March 2020. Unbeaten Team USA qualified by beating Venezuela and went on to take the silver medal in the Olympics behind host Japan's gold.
The stadium's name list is itself a history: Opened as Thomas J. White Stadium, for the real estate developer who led building it, the county-owned stadium and the then-Florida State League club debuted together in 1988. Since 2004, it has been named by contracts: Tradition Field, 2004-2009 and 2012-2016; Digital Domain Park, 2010-2011; First Data Field 2017-2019; and Clover Field since 2020. The last came through a corporate rather than a contract change, when Fiserv acquired First Data and renamed the ballpark to promote its Clover platform.
In 2019, a fireworks display put on to celebrate the 4th of July started a brush fire just outside the ballpark; it was the second incident of this nature, another one having taken place in April 2017. Both were quickly contained by firefighters, although not before some spectacular photos made the rounds on social media.