The Los Angeles Dodgers have held Spring Training in Vero Beach, Florida, since 1949. The Dodgers play their preseason schedule at Holman Stadium at the Dodgertown complex, located at 4101 26th Street in Vero Beach. The ballpark was built in 1953, and it has a seating capacity of 6,500, plus 1,500 more on the outfield grass. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Vero Beach, Florida.
Both Major and Minor League practices are held at Dodgertown. Pitchers and catchers report in mid-February, a few days earlier than position players. Tickets to the Dodgers’ preseason exhibition games can be purchased at the Holman Stadium Ticket Office or by calling 866-DODGERS. Mail orders may be sent to: L.A. Dodgers Tickets, P.O. Box 2887, Vero Beach, Florida 32961-2887. Tickets for weekday games are priced at $18; tickets for weekend and night games cost $20. Berm tickets are set at $10.
Popular hotels in Vero Beach include: the Days Inn at I-95 and Route 60; the Vero Beach Inn on North A1A; the Holiday Inn on Ocean Drive; the Best Western Vero Beach on 20th Street; the Doubletree Suites Hotel on Ocean Drive; the Comfort Inn on U.S. 1; and the Disney Vero Beach Resort on North A1A.
Local restaurants include: Bobby’s on Ocean Drive, and Ocean Grill at Sexton Plaza. On Royal Palm Boulevard, you will find What-A-Tavern, the Lobster Shanty, and Mr. Manatee’s Raw Bar and Grill. And the Patio Restaurant is located on Miracle Mile in Vero Beach.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first home exhibition game will be held on Friday, March 2, when they take on the Washington Nationals. The Atlanta Braves come to town on Sunday, March 4. On Wednesday, March 7, and again on Tuesday, March 20, the Dodgers will host the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The American League Champion Detroit Tigers will come to Vero Beach on Tuesday, March 13. The Boston Red Sox will visit on Friday, March 16.
The New York Mets, who defeated the Dodgers in the 2006 Playoffs, will arrive in Vero Beach on Wednesday, March 21, and again on Thursday, March 19, to finish out the Spring Training Schedule.
Vero Beach is known for its fabulous beaches, so be sure to take advantage of them while you are visiting Dodgertown. Part of Florida’s Treasure Coast, Vero Beach is divided by the Indian River, with the mainland on one side and the oceanfront island on the other. You are certain to experience fabulous weather while you are in Vero Beach for Spring Training, so you can fully enjoy the county seat of Indian River County. Because Spring Training overlaps with many colleges’ Spring Break, you may want to book your hotel in advance.
Enjoy Spring Training in Vero Beach, Florida!