It’s time to dust off that cap, slather on the sunscreen and mustard up the hotdog. Spring Training is in full swing here in Florida. So, hit the road and cheer for your favorites as 15 Major League Baseball teams, all members of the Grapefruit League, prep for their regular season.
Here’s a guide to the team venues, arranged clockwise:
Tampa Bay Rays:
Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte
The Rays move 80 miles
south for spring training
to Charlotte Sports Park, a
state-of-the-art facility with a
ringing the outfield, family friendly
kids’ play area and upgraded
Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota
Ed Smith Stadium, one of the gems of the Grapefruit League, had a $31 million renovation in 2010, luring the Orioles to Sarasota from Fort Lauderdale. With its modern amenities mixed with historical
Florida architecture, this stadium is known as “Birdland South.”
LECOM Park, Bradenton
The Pirates will be celebrating their 50th season of play in Bradenton this year at LECOM Park, one of the oldest stadiums on the circuit. Built in 1923, LECOM (formerly McKetchnie Field) has been renovated several times over the years to become one of baseball’s finest facilities.
New York Yankees:
George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa
Steinbrenner Field underwent a
$40 million facelift in 2017 with new seats, concessions, and retail spaces.
The field itself remains the same with the exact dimensions of the Yankee Stadium field.
Spectrum Field, Clearwater
Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House) is one of the newer ballparks in the Grapefruit
League. Built in 2004, it is
a replica of Citizens Bank Park
in Philadelphia, which should
make Phillies fans feel right at home.
Toronto Blue Jays:
Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin
Dunedin Stadium has been the Blue Jays’ spring training home since its creation in 1990. Seating 5,510, the ballpark includes
air-conditioned skyboxes and a craft beer lounge.
Detroit Tigers: Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland
Following the historic agreement to ensure the Detroit Tigers winter home remains in Lakeland for an unprecedented 100 years, there are tons of renovations at the Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. More shade, more air conditioning and more box seats, to name a few.
Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista
Champion Stadium has
been the home of the Braves
since 1998. Located at the
ESPN Wide World of Sports
Complex in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort, the 9,500-seat, double-decker stadium includes luxury sky
boxes, multiple open-air suites and patios, and a grassy knoll.
New York Mets:
First Data Field, Port St. Lucie
First Data Field has been
the Mets preseason home since
it opened in 1988. The ballpark
is a replica of Shea Stadium,
the Mets former home in New
St. Louis Cardinals and
Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
This $28 million Spring Training complex/stadium was specially designed to house two Major League Baseball teams.
The Bullpen Club is the stadium’s newest addition featuring all-inclusive tickets with drink rail and four-top table seating.
Washington Nationals and Houston Astros:
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
The 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros and NL East Champion Washington Nationals are welcoming back fans to their new spring home, the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the newest facility in the Grapefruit League – they
relocated their last year. This state-of-the -art, 160-acre complex offers fans the latest amenities plus an up-close opportunity to interact with the players.
Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers
Hammond Stadium, modeled after Churchill Downs, was built in1991. The ballpark underwent major renovations
in 2015. The stadium is part of the CenturyLink Sports Complex, which features state-of-the- art softball fields.
Boston Red Sox:
JetBlue Park, Fort Myers
JetBlue Park, dubbed Fenway South, opened in 2012. The outfield resembles Fenway Park, including a Green Monster wall where fans can watch
the game just as they do in Boston.
Get your tickets early as Red Sox seats are usually sold out every game.