The Philadelphia Phillies have been holding Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida, since 1947. Since 2004, the Fightin’ Phils have practiced and played their Spring Training exhibition games at Bright House Networks Field. Located at 601 Old Coachman Road in Clearwater, Bright House Networks Field was completed in 2004 and has a total seating capacity of 8,500. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida.
Players report as follows: pitchers and catchers on February 14th, and position players on February 19th. Their first full workout is held February 20th. Practices are held at both Bright House Networks Field and at the Carpenter Complex, located at 651 Old Coachman Road. Minor Leaguers practice exclusively at the Carpenter Complex.
The ticket office at Bright House Networks Field is open from nine a.m. to four p.m., Monday through Saturday. You may also call to purchase tickets: 727-442-8496. Or mail orders may be sent to: Philadelphia Phillies Tickets, P.O. Box 10336, Clearwater, Florida 33757. If ordering by mail, add $6 for shipping and handling. Your best bet is to go to philliesspringtraining.com to order tickets.
Club tickets sell for $25; Premium Box seats go for $20. Field Box seats are $18, and Picnic Terrace tickets sell for $14. Standing Room gets you in for $9.
The team’s hotel is Adam’s Mark Resort, located at 430 South Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater Beach. The Econolodge is located at 21338 U.S. 19 North, and the Radisson is located at 20967 U.S. 19 North. Also on 19 North are the Ramada Inn Countryside (at 26508), the Hampton Inn (at 21030), and the Clearwater Cental Inn and Suites (at 21338). Finally, the Fairfield Inn and Suites is located at 3070 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater.
For your dining pleasure, Clearwater offers Capogna’s Dugout, located at 1653 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard; Lenny’s Restaurant on U.S. 19 North; Shephard’s Restaurant and Lounge on Gulfview Boulevard; The Original Hooters on U.S. 19 and Drew Street; Frenchy’s Saltwater Café on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard; and Beachcomber at 447 Mandalay Drive in Clearwater Beach.
The Philadelphia Phillies 2007 Spring Training schedule starts at home on Wednesday, February 28th, against Florida State University. The New York Yankees come to town on Sunday, March 4th for a day game. The Phillies host the Boston Red Sox on Friday, March 9th. The American League Champion Detroit Tigers visit Clearwater on Sunday, March 11th. The Yankees are back on March 17th, and the Red Sox return on March 22nd. On Friday, March 23rd, the Philadelphia Phillies host their division rivals, the Atlanta Braves.
With MVP Ryan Howard, the Phillies are expected to have a great season. Enjoy Spring Training in Clearwater, Florida.