The American League Champion Detroit Tigers have been holding Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida, since 1946. They practice and play during the preseason at Joker Marchant Stadium, located at Al Kaline Drive, 2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard. The ballpark was built in 1966 and has a seating capacity of 7,027. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida.
Practices will be held at both Joker Marchant Stadium and Tigertown. Minor Leaguers practice at the Tigertown Complex, located at 1901 Lake Avenue in Lakeland, Florida. Pitchers and catchers report a few days ahead of position players in mid-February.
Tickets are priced as follows: $20 for Field Box Seats at premium-priced games, $18 otherwise. Box seats are either $17 or $19, depending on the game. Left Field Reserved seats are $12 or $14. General Admission tickets are either $9 or $11. And Outfield Lawn tickets cost $7.
The Ticket Office at Marchant Stadium is open from nine a.m. to five p.m., Monday through Friday and from twelve to four on Sunday. You can also purchase tickets by calling TicketMaster at 407-839-3900. Mail orders may be sent to Spring Training Tickets, Detroit Tigers, P.O. Box 90187, Lakeland, Florida 33804-0187. Add $3 for shipping and handling.
Hotels in Lakeland, Florida, include: Holiday Inn Lakeland on U.S. Highway 98 North; Holiday Inn South on South Florida Avenue; La Quinta Inn & Suites on Crevasse Street; Terrace Hotel on East Main Street; Baymont Inn on Lakeland Park Drive; and Comfort Inn & Suites on North Highway 98.
If you want to fill up before the game, head over to Hooters or TGI Fridays, both on U.S. 98 North. Also on 98 North is the Roadhouse Grill. CDB Italian Restaurant is located at 804 East Memorial Boulevard, and Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grill is located at 101 North Kentucky Avenue.
The Detroit Tigers will be the team to beat in the American League this season, and their Spring Training exhibition games begin on February 27th right in Lakeland in a day game against Florida Southern. On March 1st, the Motor City Kitties will take on the Fightin’ Phils. On March 7th, they will host the Atlanta Braves. On March 10th, the Boston Red Sox will come to town. The following day, the Detroit Tigers will host the New York Mets (who the Tigers should have faced in last year’s World Series). The Mets will return to Lakeland on March 14th. The New York Yankees will come to Lakeland on Sunday, March 25th and again on Friday, March 30th.
Can the Detroit Tigers make it back to the World Series this season? Only time will tell. Enjoy Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida.