The Detroit Tigers and Lakeland, Florida have become a consistent to baseball as peanuts and cracker jacks. Since 1953, the Tigers have held spring training in Lakeland and have played at Joker Marchant Stadium since 1966. Once you attend at game here, you find that it’s easy to see why they haven’t left. Though Lakeland may not have a famous legacy or beachfront location like of some other spring training locations, it’s certainly one of the best venues in the Grapefruit League and a must-see for any Spring Training fan.
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.
Attending a spring training game is one of the great baseball experiences for its relaxed pace, great weather, and lovely destinations. Seeing an Orioles game in Sarasota should be near the top of any spring training list. Ed Smith Stadium is a beautiful facility in a terrific location along Florida’s Gulf Coast and is one of the best places to soak up some springtime sun and enjoyable baseball.
Surprise Stadium has been the Cactus League headquarters for the Kansas City Royals since it opened in 2003. The 10,714-seat stadium is shared with the Texas Rangers. The stadium has experience great growth in attendance in the last few years, as both teams have gone deep in the playoffs / World Series in the past few seasons. When you arrive at the training complex, the Royals facilities are on the third base side of the facility and the Rangers are located along the first base side.
The Atlanta Braves will be playing their MLB spring training home games at Walt Disney World’s Champion Stadium for another year after the team extended their stay. The Braves were slated to leave Disney’s Wide World of Sports after the 2018 season, but delays in the team’s new home in Sarasota County, Florida have forced the decision.