Recreation & Sports
Detroit Tigers Spring Training
Come experience the nostalgia of a Detroit Tigers Spring Training game where players are still accessible, kids are kids and the sun is always shining.2017 Spring Schedule
Spring Training in Central Florida
If you’re a diehard Detroit Tigers fan or baseball fan in general, you know there is no better atmosphere for a day at the park than a Central Florida spring training game.
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Spring training is the closest you can get to the way baseball used to be, the way it should be. Tickets are affordable. Cozy stadiums are rich with history and throwback features like berms, unlike their larger major league counterparts. Players are relaxed and approachable. In fact, fans are welcome to interact with players and often get lucky enough to return home with an autograph and cool story.
Best of all, you can enjoy an outdoor game in a t-shirt because you left those snowy 15 degree days back home in Michigan where they belong. This is the sunshine state; our spring training games are warm and sunny, just like our personalities and outlooks.
In case you didn’t know where the Detroit Tigers, or Bless You Boys, do their spring training, it’s Lakeland, Florida. The Tigers have been returning to Joker Marchant Stadium every March for more than 50 years now. It’s the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a spring training host city.
Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium
TigerTown is being transformed into a world class complex second to none in Major League Baseball. New features include:
More Shade – There are six new covered sections (211-216), increasing the number of covered seats (rows N and up) from 1,246 to 2,098 seats (increase of 41%), while more seats will be shaded with the extended roof. The new 34 Club will provide an additional 203 covered seats, while casting shade to sections 200-201, previously unprotected from the sun.
More Box Seats – Sections 111 and 112 have been rebuilt and expanded, and The Tigers added four additional box seat sections down the third base line (113-116), bringing the total seating in the 100 sections from 1,243 to 1,888.
More Air Conditioned Spaces – The 34 Club, presented by Miller Lite, located atop sections 200-201, features an indoor bar and seating, an all-inclusive buffet and outdoor padded seating for 203 fans. Four former suites on the third base side of the press box have been transformed into the On Deck Suite, an all-inclusive space for 36-60 people that includes upscale food and beverages. You can also cool off in the new 1,800 square foot indoor merchandise store, located at the home plate entrance.
More Concession Stands and Offerings – The concession stands have been rebuilt and expanded with all new equipment, offering more items, while rotating in new items to keep the menu fresh and exciting.
More Restrooms (rebuilt and expanded) – The number of women's restroom toilets is increasing 50% from 48 to 72. Men's toilets/urinals are increasing from 38 to 48. Two new family restrooms have been added.
More Wheelchair Accessible Seating (and Elevators) – Four new wheelchair accessible seating sections were added atop sections 212, 214, 215 and 216, and while the wheelchair accessible section in 205 in being removed; the number of ADA seats (wheelchairs and companion seats) increased from 30 to 42. Two additional elevators have been added, bringing the total to three.
More Premium and Group Seating – The 34 Club, presented by Miller Lite will sit atop sections 200 and 201. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet (the menu changes daily), air-conditioned indoor seats and outdoor seating. Perfect for individuals and small groups during Spring Training.
On Deck Suite – Situated behind section 208, the On Deck Suite provides a living room feel, with comfortable furniture and couches, HD TVs and an all-inclusive buffet (the menu changes daily). Outdoor seating is also available to take in all the action. Ideal for groups of 48-60 during the Flying Tigers season, the On Deck Suite is available for Spring Training in sets of four season tickets.
Hooters Dugout – Located adjacent to section 100 just down the first base line, the Hooters Dugout is the prime spot for autographs and player interaction. Perfect for groups of 30-40, the area includes an all-you-can-eat picnic with select ballpark and Hooters food, along with your own private waitress staff.
Pepsi Pavilion – Featuring two tiers with covering to protect against the sun and rain, the Pepsi Pavilion is perfect for groups ranging from 30-200 people. A mix of fixed stadium seats, drink rails and picnic tables allow for groups to watch the action or socialize with friends and family, while enjoying an all-you-can-eat picnic.
Margaritaville – Presented by Margaritaville Rum & Tequila located directly down the right field line, the Florida themed Margaritaville Deck mixes a Florida theme with views of the bullpens and clubhouse. Featuring two tiers of seating, Margaritaville is available during Spring Training to groups of 44-120 and will double as a group/public place during the Flying Tigers season.
Suites – Two additional suites have been built at the top of section 205, along with the two existing suites to receive a complete makeover. A portion of the On Deck Suite can be sectioned off to create a fifth suite. Each suite is furnished with new flat screen TVs (includes the MLB package), WiFi, wet bar, indoor seating and 12 outdoor seats.
In addition, a number of NEW FEATURES have been added - improved technology and public spaces to enhance your game day experience:
LED HD Video Displays and Scoreboard – A new state-of-the-art HD videoboard and scoreboard, measuring 46 feet wide by 26 feet tall (1,196 square feet), will sit atop the berm in left field, one of the largest boards in all of Spring Training, along with a ribbon board in right field.
Berm Bar – Sitting under the new scoreboard in left field, the berm bar will feature 360-degree bar seating, picnic tables, and a ticketed 120-foot drink rail with waitress service during Spring Training.
The Runway – Built on top of the former Lodwick Field airstrip, The Runway will connect the first base concourse and the berm, providing fans a 360-degree view of the field. Fans will be able to watch the game from drink rails or beach chair seating, get a unique look into the bullpens, check out the history of TigerTown, and enjoy unique food and drink offerings.
Other Spring Training Locations
If you’re already in town watching the Detroit Tigers play, you might want to hit up a couple other Florida Grapefruit League Games. Lakeland is within an hour’s drive of the spring training hubs for the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Where to Stay During Spring Training
The following hotels are located just a short distance from Joker Marchant Stadium, dining and shopping.
The Terrace Hotel - This historic full-service hotel is located in the heart of lovely downtown Lakeland, with its close proximity to several unique restaurants and shops.
Insider Tip: Those looking to get in a daily workout will appreciate that the hotel is close to several picturesque lakes with multi-purpose trails including: Lake Mirror, Lake Morton and Lake Hollingsworth.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Lakeland East - This pet-friendly hotel is conveniently located off of I-4 between Tampa and Orlando, and features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and free Bright Side Breakfast®.
Crestwood Suites-Lakeland - This extended stay hotel is pet-friendly and features free Wi-Fi, cable, hot breakfast and a full kitchen.
Minor League, but Major Fun
Lakeland is also home to the Detroit Tigers' Class A Affiliate team, the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The team plays their Florida State League home games in Joker Marchant Stadium at Tigertown, which has been their home since 1967.
Lakeland Flying Tigers play through August and host a wealth of fun, themed games and promotions. Game day themes include Dogs Days of Summer, where man is invited to bring his four-legged best friend out for a night of man’s favorite sport; Bromance Night, where Bros get group discounts, can lounge in a man cave and win manly prizes like fishing gear; and the Annual Wing Ding fundraiser, where every wing you eat helps a cause. The list could go on, but we think you get the point.
On a budget? One of the most popular promotions is "Dollar Days" where tickets are just $1.00 and hot dogs and sodas are just $1.00 as well.
Worried about the summer heat? Don’t. Most games are held in the evening, providing a "cool" way to tend the day.