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Spring Training for Major League Baseball on the Florida Gulf Coast.

December 2, 2016 By Tammy DeLosh

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Florida’s Major League spring training is a large tourist attraction for many sports fans. Several stadiums are close to most of our winter havens. Whether you stay all season or make a holiday trip, plan to catch a game with your favorite team. Schedule a tour behind the scenes, visit the dugouts, or just sit back and relax with a hot dog, beer, or the traditional box of  peanuts and Cracker Jacks. With so many teams to see in just a short range, you could watch more Major league games than anywhere else with far less expense and travel time.

These five teams are just a short drive from many of our BeachRentals.Mobi properties:

The Pittsburgh Pirates ~ In Bradenton, (McKechnie Field )~Now becomes LECOM Park.

Recent updates include new group areas with enhanced sight lines to the field, expanded restrooms, new concessions  locations, and an enlarged Fan Plaza. Massive palm trees now dot the landscape, augmenting the charm of the 90-year-old  stadium. The Boardwalk Barbeque Area, located in the right field area, gives groups of 25 or more the chance to enjoy an  all-you-can eat pregame picnic in full view of the field. On the opposite side of the ballpark, the Party Deck features a high-  end catering menu and an incredible vantage point to watch the game.  1611 Ninth Street West Bradenton, FL 34205. Phone: (941) 747-3031 Ticket Sales Click Here.

In Clearwater The Spectrum (Bright House Field)  ~

This is a fan-friendly ballpark with a capacity of 8,500 (7,000 fixed seats). The ballpark distinguishes itself with a 360-degree main concourse, grass berm seating, and a tiki hut pavilion in left field. Other characteristics include group picnic areas, a children’s play area, a state-of-the-art video scoreboard, and handicap seating and facilities. 601 N. Old Coachman Road   Clearwater, FL 33765. Phone: (727) 467-4457 (GO-PHILS)The Philadelphia Phillies ~

The New York Yankees ~ InTampa  George M Steinbrenner Field 

Major renovations include amenities such as new lodge boxes, cabanas, suite upgrades, a right-field beachside bar and bullpen clubs. The bullpen clubs will be installed on both the first base and the third base sides. The clubs will be composed of two levels: the top tier will be exclusively for group tickets, club seat members, and lodge seating, while the bottom tier will feature a full bar that all ticket members can access. Additional shaded areas will be constructed to protect fans from the sun. The team’s spring training practice facility on Himes Avenue will also be upgraded. The renovations will be completed by March 2017. One Steinbrenner Drive Tampa, FL 33614.  Phone: (813) 879-2244.

The Boston Orioles ~ In Sarasota Ed Smith Stadium ~

Enjoy this stadium’s modern amenities mixed with historic Florida architecture. In 2010,  the club’s Major League operations moved to Sarasota, where  more than 640,000 fans have enjoyed Spring Training baseball. Take a tour behind the scenes at the stadium that revolutionized baseball. 2700 12th Street   Sarasota, FL 34237.     Phone: (941) 954-4101

The Detroit Tigers ~ In Lakeland Joker Marchant Stadium ~

Home of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, this newly renovated stadium now includes more shaded seating and expanded box seating. It also offers more air-conditioned areas to relax and enjoy the game. Check here for a full list of amenities including handicap upgrades. With larger restrooms and concession areas, and added menu items, there will be more comfort, more entertainment and more fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. 2125 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805. Phone: (863) 686-8075

Before you go, make sure you are familiar with the stadium security regulations and restrictions. Feel free to share your experience and photos with us at info@beachrentals.mobi. Book your vacation rental home near your team’s training camp, or right on your favorite beach. (The drive from most of our rental homes is 20 minutes to 2 hours.)

Click on the team name for ticket info, the field name for stadium info, and the address for GPS connection on smart phones. Here are some local vacation homes to make your search a breeze.

 

Clearwater /Tampa area rentals~                             

Bradenton area rentals~

Sarasota area rentals ~

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