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the events here at the stadium and the celebration at Abacoa, there be about 8,000 people. It our biggest event of the year, said Mike Bauer, general manager of the stadium.
On Friday, the crowds are expected to pick up again when Tebow, now a member of the St. Lucie Mets, is scheduled play at Roger Dean Stadium against the Jupiter Hammerheads.
Tebow, the former University of Florida quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner and now professional baseball player, is also scheduled to play at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Tebow brought in about 1,200 extra fans some toting footballs for autographs to the 7,000 seat Roger Dean Stadium in March during spring training. It was the last time he played in Jupiter.
Tebow, then playing for the New York Mets,
started in left field against the St. Louis Cardinals, who share Roger Dean Stadium with the Miami Marlins. He went 1 for 3 in the Mets 5 4 victory.
After spring training, Tebow, 29, was sent down to the Columbia Fireflies, a low minor league affiliate of the Mets. Tebow was promoted last month to St. Lucie, a higher rated minor league affiliate of the Mets.
When Tebow played at Roger Dean in March, there was no announcement. Now that fans know he is coming, Bauer expects an extra 2,500 or more fans to come to each of the games.
a huge draw. People want to come and see him play, said Bauer, a University of Florida graduate who keeps a baseball autographed by Tebow in his Roger Dean Stadium office.
Tebow was on the Gators team that won the national title in 2006. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and the following year he led the Gators to their second national title.
He played in the National Football League but had limited success. Tebow played on four NFL teams in five years, appearing in 25 games. Along with minor stints with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, both rivals of the Miami Dolphins, he also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos,
with whom he led a comeback victory against the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in 2011. Tebow also played in the Honda Classic pro am at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens in 2011.