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2016 Grapefruit League Spring Baseball


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On your next springtime trek through Florida, join thousands of baseball fans and enjoy the action of Florida Grapefruit League spring training.

As soon as the chill of winter fades, and the rejuvenation of spring arrives, check out a number of different Major League Baseball teams competing in ballparks located throughout the Sunshine State – from the Tampa area, to the Gulf Coast and even southern Florida and the Keys – there’s a wealth of Spring Training baseball in Florida.

Late February brings the beginning of the Grapefruit League. Traditionally reserved as a time for established major league players to work out and get into shape, and for major league hopefuls to impress, spring training is a time of optimism, fun, and great entertainment.

There are 14 stadiums and ballparks spread around Florida, each home to a different major league club – the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins share a spring home at Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter. With game tickets significantly less expensive than those of regular season games, treating the whole family to an afternoon of America’s Pastime is very affordable.

Check out the Florida Grapefruit League 2016 Schedule here!

Wherever your trip into Florida takes you – from Port St. Lucie to Bradenton – find your closest spring training facility and check out a ball game.


Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

Opened in 1990, the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium is found in beautiful Dunedin – west of Tampa – and is the Spring Training home of the Toronto Blue Jays. Seating more than 5,500 fans, pack up the family and catch a game.

Space Coast Stadium

The Spring Training home of the Washington Nationals, the Space Coast Stadium is set in Viera – not far from Titusville, and Cocoa. Bask in the pleasant Florida afternoon sunshine during your spring visit to Viera and check out a ballgame.

Charlotte Sports Park

With a seating capacity of 7,000, and a charming skyline view of Port Charlotte, the Charlotte Sports Park is the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays. Make the short drive in from Fort Myers or Venice for an afternoon of exciting Grapefruit League baseball.

Roger Dean Stadium

Set in the charming city of Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium is the only Grapefruit League stadium home to two teams – the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. Opened in 1998, Roger Dean Stadium seats over 6,800 fans from the south Florida area. Make plans to take in a ball game on your spring visit to Jupiter, or travel in from West Palm Beach – set just to the south.

McKechnie Field

Enjoy a Pittsburgh Pirates spring training ball game on your next visit into Bradenton – head to McKechnie Field for all the excitement. Seating 8,500 fans, McKechnie Field was opened in 1923 as City Park, later becoming Ninth Street Park, then Braves Field. Plan an afternoon of sunshine and baseball on your next trek through west central Florida.

Bright House Networks Field

With the Philadelphia Phillies calling it their Spring Training home, Bright House Networks Field is a fun and festive destination for any family during the spring. Opened in 2004, and seating 8,500 fans, Bright House Field is set in Clearwater, just south of Dunedin, and west of Tampa. Head into west central Florida during the spring and enjoy America’s Pastime under the sunny skies of the Sunshine State.

George M. Steinbrenner Field

Seating nearly 11,000 fans, George M. Steinbrenner Field is one of the larger Spring Training facilities in the Grapefruit League. As the Spring Training home of the New York Yankees, George M. Steinbrenner Field was built in 1996 as Legends Field – the ballpark’s name was changed in 2008 to honor former Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. On your next spring journey into Tampa, don’t miss out on exciting Grapefruit League baseball.

Tradition Field

The Spring Training home of the New York Mets, Tradition Field is set in Port St. Lucie, just off the Atlantic Coast in southern Florida. During the spring, you’ll be one of the nearly 7,100 fans who pack Tradition Field and experience excellent Grapefruit League action.

Hammond Stadium

Opened in 1991, Hammond Stadium is, and has been, the Spring Training home of the Minnesota Twins since it’s inception. Set in Fort Myers, Hammond Stadium seats 7,500 fans and is named after former Lee County Deputy Administrator William H. Hammond Jr. Make the drive in from nearby Fort Myers Beach or Bonita Springs and enjoy an afternoon of home runs, strikeouts and double plays at Hammond Stadium.

Osceola County Stadium

Houston Astros fans traveling through Kissimmee during the spring can rejoice – you’re short a drive from Osceola County Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Astros. Built in 1984, and renovated in 2003, Osceola County Stadium holds 5,300 fans and features a natural grass playing surface. Make the drive in from nearby Orlando, and head out for exciting Grapefruit League baseball.

Joker Marchant Stadium

Head to Joker Marchant Stadium on your spring visit into Lakeland for the thrills of Spring Training baseball – it’s the home of the Detroit Tigers. Built in 1966, Joker Marchant Stadium seats 8,500 fans after a 2003 renovation. Plan an afternoon of exciting Spring Training baseball when you make the drive in from nearby Auburndale or Bowling Green.

jetBlue Park

As the official Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox, JetBlue Park is affectionately known as Fenway South. Newly built for the 2012 Grapefruit League season, JetBlue Park seats more than 10,800 fans, and is located in Fort Myers, a pleasant, seaside city in southwest Florida. Whether you’re a life long Red Sox fan, or simply enjoying the spring weather in Fort Myers, head to jetBlue Park and catch a ballgame.

Ed Smith Stadium

The Spring Training home of the Baltimore Orioles as of 2010, Ed Smith Stadium is an ideal location for watching baseball during the spring. Set in Sarasota, Ed Smith Stadium was built in 1989, and seats 8,500 fans. During the spring when you’re exploring the Sarasota area, plan for an afternoon of homers, pop flies, and diving catches in the outfield – all part of the excitement of Grapefruit League baseball.

Champion Stadium

Another example of an excellent Spring Training facility, Champion Stadium is one of two ballparks in the Kissimmee area. The spring home of the Atlanta Braves, Champion Stadium is set within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista. Accommodating 9,500 fans, Champion Stadium is easily accessed from Interstate 4, and is one of the premier destinations for Grapefruit League baseball games.

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