The fans at Clearwater’s Spectrum Field are among the most impressive in Spring Training. Immediately, it feels as if all of Philadelphia have flocked to Florida to watch their team play. With a bright young core of players and some solid veterans, the Phillies are set for another great year, which has the fans in Florida excited as ever for the future.
Fifteen years ago today (Thursday, March 21) Veterans Stadium, the former home of the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, was imploded. To commemorate this anniversary, the Phillies made a special announcement. The Liberty Bell that hung in center field at the highest point of Veterans Stadium has been moved outside the third base gate at Citizens Bank Park.
The Braves are finishing up their final season at Disney’s Wide World of Sports, but that doesn’t mean the experience has lessened any. A fan favorite destination among spring training sites since it opened in 1997, Champion Stadium is literally on Disney World property in Orlando, which provides travelers the perfect excuse to visit theme parks and take in a baseball game.
Angel Stadium. The Honda Center. Two venues that stand across each other. Not quite the sports complex like the LA Coliseum and Banc of California Stadium but close enough in proximity that you could get from one to another. Both venues recently came out with a 3.71 Stadium Journey Fanfare Score. Given each venue’s age and all the newer venues that have opened after their inaugural seasons, the 3.71 score is pretty solid.
With a stadium as beautiful as that found at Tigertown in Lakeland, Florida, it is easy to see why the Detroit Tigers are one of the most enjoyable spring training destinations in the state. A comfortable atmosphere with plenty of seating options and ways to enjoy the day, fans are in for a treat when watching the Tigers take the field. Located in between two of Florida’s biggest metro areas, it is easy to get to and provides a great option for those who wish to escape the city life while not being too far from it.
Over 25 years ago, the Mets opened Spring Training at their new Thomas J. White Stadium, named for the real estate developer that lured the club to the locale. Since 2004, the stadium’s naming rights have been sold, remaining “Tradition Field” for most of that period. But at the last minute in February of 2017, the Mets inked a new naming deal with payment transaction giant First Data that saw the newly renamed “First Data Field” welcoming visitors for the first time that year.