Everything You Need to Know About Baseball Spring Training in Florida

During the spring, some Major League Baseball teams get to call Florida “home.” These fifteen teams are referred to as the “Grapefruit League.” Luckily, living in the Tampa Bay area, we are in close proximity to many of these Spring Training facilities.

Baseball has been a big part of my life for 19 years. My husband is a high school baseball coach and avid baseball collector. He played baseball from little league to college. We’ve been to hundreds of baseball games and my baseball knowledge is pretty extensive. I really do love the sport… But here’s what I want you to know: You don’t have to love baseball to enjoy Spring Training!

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Here’s what you’ll love about a Baseball Spring Training:

  • The practices are free

    When the players report, they will have a few practices before they move into games. Practices are usually morning to noon. You can check out the practices and get up close to the players! If you have a big baseball fan in your family, this is a great place to go for a chance to meet a player or collect an autograph.

    • Keep in mind: Some practice facilities are more fan-friendly than others. Most stadiums have several practice fields which require a little bit of walking. There are some places that just don’t give you much of a chance of interacting with the players. Bring water and sunscreen! Some places have very little shade and seating. You may not have easy access to a restroom! Also, the players and coaches are working during practice- if they decide to sign autographs, it will be after they finish with their practice.
  • The travel is minimal 

    The Grapefruit League’s Spring Training facilities are up the east and west coast of Florida. We usually take a day trip but you can make a little overnight trip of it if you are looking for a mini-vacation!

  • The size of the stadium

    One of the best things about Spring Training is the small stadiums! Major League stadiums can feel overwhelming and crowded. Most of the Spring Training stadiums are about one-quarter of the size of their Major League parks! This means you still get the ballpark atmosphere but in an intimate and more family-friendly way. Be on the lookout for bounce houses, play areas, mascots, and foul balls!

  • The chance for player interaction is high

    Spring Training is a great opportunity to meet a baseball player! If you can’t make it to practice, don’t fret because you still have a very real chance of snagging an autograph at a Spring Training game! If you arrive early, you might be lucky enough to get a ball signed when the players finish up their warm-ups!

Guide to Spring Training Locations:

Atlanta Braves
CoolToday Park
18800 West Villages Parkway
Venice, FL 34287
Ticket Information:
(941) 413-5000

Baltimore Orioles
Ed Smith Stadium
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Ticket Information:
(941) 893-6300

Boston Red Sox
Jet Blue Park
11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
To Order Tickets by Phone:
Toll-Free (888) RED-SOX6 (733-7696)
For Ticket and Other Information:
(239) 334-4700

Detroit Tigers
Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium
2301 Lakeland Hills Drive
Lakeland, FL 33805
Ticket Information: (863) 686-8075

Houston Astros
FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
5444 Haverhill Road North
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Ticket Information:
(561) 500-HITS (4487)

Miami Marlins
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
4751 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458
Ticket Info:
(561) 630-1828 or (561) 630-1829

Minnesota Twins
Hammond Stadium
@CenturyLink Sports Complex
14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway
Ft. Myers, FL 33912
Ticket Purchasing and Information:
1-800-33-TWINS (338-9467)

New York Mets
Clover Park
525 NW Peacock Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Ticket Information:
(772) 871-2115 or www.stluciemets.com

New York Yankees
George M. Steinbrenner Field
1 Steinbrenner Drive
Tampa, FL 33614
Ticket Information:
(813) 879-2244

Philadelphia Phillies
Spectrum Field
601 N. Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
Ticket Information:
(727) 467-4457 (GO-PHILS)

Pittsburgh Pirates
LECOM Park
1611 Ninth Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Ticket Information: (941) 747-3031

St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
4751 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458
Ticket Info:
(561) 630-1828 or (561) 630-1829

Tampa Bay Rays
Charlotte Sports Park
2300 El Jobean Road
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
Ticket Information:
Toll-Free (888) FAN-RAYS (326-7297)

Toronto Blue Jays
TD Ballpark
373 Douglas Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698
Ticket Information:
(727) 733-0429 or
Toll-free 1-888-525-JAYS

Washington Nationals
FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
5444 Haverhill Road North
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Ticket Info: (561) 500-HITS (4487)

Which team are you going to see this baseball season?

 

Kim McNeely
Kim grew up in a small town in northeast Alabama. She majored in journalism in college at Faulkner University. There she met baseball-playing Florida boy named David who swept her off her feet and then married her. David went right into a coaching career and Kim lost her desire to write. In 2008, they started a family and Kim fell in love with motherhood. She has been a stay at home mom for almost 12 years devoting her time to raising three children. Her kids have grown up on baseball fields and in ball parks. They moved to Lithia a few years ago and enjoy exploring Tampa and checking out the local baseball teams. Kim likes being creative and crafty. She is a list-maker, scheduler, and planner. She loves planning play dates, parties, and budget-friendly family activities. When Kim isn't at a baseball game, she spends her days convincing her 11 year old, Emerson, to put down the cell phone; helping her 8 year old, Everly, with math homework; and entertaining her playful 5 year old and only son, Easton. If she finds some free time, she writes her blog, catches up on her favorite TV shows, scrolls social media, and folds massive piles of laundry. Her desire to write returned when she realized that her children were an endless source of inspiration. She also realized she knew more about baseball than the average mom and wants to share her knowledge with others. You can follow Kim's blog and Instagram as she documents The Baseball Life.