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.
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.
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.
This year the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate their 10th Anniversary at Camelback Ranch, their Spring Training facility in Glendale, Arizona. The Dodgers made their move from their fabled digs at Dodgertown in Vero Beach Florida to be much closer to their West Coast fanbase. Camelback Ranch is the largest spring training facility in the Cactus League, and is the second newest facility after the Chicago Cubs Sloan Park.
Camelback Ranch is the largest spring training facility in the Cactus League, and is the second newest facility after the Chicago Cubs Sloan Park. The main stadium opened in 2009 and has a capacity of 13,000 (10,000 fixed seats and room for 3,000 on the outfield berms) It features 12 suites, a party deck and several outfield terraces for groups and parties. The newest amenities are an extended sun shade along the first base stands and a new 30’ X 50’ HD videoboard in right center field. The White Sox and the LA Dodgers share the Camelback Ranch facility during spring training.