If you love baseball—come on, who doesn’t like baseball!!—it’s probably been a dream to head south in late February or March and see the boys of summer as they start to prepare for the season. You can see baseball the way it started…in small stadiums in small towns, where you can sit just a slow curve from the action. It’s up close and personal and you can expect to see the biggest stars of the game side-by-side with untested rookies. You won’t have to take out a second mortgage to pay for tickets and, best of all, the weather can’t be beat. Whether it’s the Grapefruit League in Florida or the Cactus League in Arizona, you won’t have to beat the heat of summer or fight of the chill of winter.
But the 15 teams that play in Florida are spread across the state. You don’t want to have to spend most of your time behind the wheel, checking a map, looking for the exit. There’s a more relaxing way to have a great time following Grapefruit League baseball—in the comfort, luxury and convenience of a charter bus from BusRental.com. See the pros like a pro!
Florida’s Grapefruit League—A Tradition since the 1890s
Major league teams have made the pilgrimage to Florida just about every year since the sport turned professional. Many of the league’s oldest teams, including the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees, conduct spring training in Florida. Here are the great places to catch spring training action in the Sunshine State:
- George Steinbrenner Field, Tampa—The Bronx Bombers play here, at a stadium with dimensions that exactly replicates Yankee stadium. The largest stadium in the Grapefruit League, Steinbrenner seats more than 11,000. There’s also a version of the fabled “Monument Park,” at Yankee Stadium, with all of the parent clubs retired numbers.
- Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland—Home to the Detroit Tigers’ spring training facilities, Joker Marchant is the second-oldest stadium in the Grapefruit League, built in 1966. The Tigers have trained in Lakeland since 1934, the longest stint in one city by any major league team.
- McKechnie Field, Bradenton—The Pittsburgh Pirates call McKechnie home during February and March. The stadium, renovated in 1991, is the oldest structure in the Grapefruit League, built in 1925.
- Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin—The Toronto Blue Jays play at this 5,510 seat park, built in 1990. The stadium was ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top five venues to watch spring training baseball.
- Bright House Field, Clearwater—Bright House, one of the newest stadiums in the league, is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies spring training camp. There’s live music in the Tiki Pavilion in left field, helping create an atmosphere that many consider the best in the Grapefruit League.
- Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota—The Baltimore Orioles play in this beautiful park, renovated after the 2010 season to including Spanish style architecture. The seats are from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the suites at the park are numbered 66, 70 and 83, commemorating the Bird’s three world championships.
- Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte—The Tampa Bay Devil Rays play their pre-season games here. There’s seating for 5,000, a Kids Clubhouse and a full liquor tiki bar in left center field.
- JetBlue Park, Fort Myers—Home to the Boston Red Sox, and affectionately known as “Fenway South,” this stadium even has a replica of the Green Monster in left field. There’s a statue of “Teddy Baseball,” the immortal Ted Williams, just outside the park.
- Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers—Just down the road, you’ll find the spring training facility for the Minnesota Twins. Built in 1991, Hammond Stadium holds nearly 9,000 fans. The exterior is designed to replicate Churchill Downs, the famous horse track in Kentucky.
- Roger Dean Stadium,Jupiter—Two teams share facilities at Roger Dean Stadium, built in 1998. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins play in this luxurious facility, with loge boxes, skybox seating, field boxes, bleachers and a grass berm.
- Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie—Come see the New York Mets play at this replica of Shea Stadium, the team’s former venue. One of the more unusual attractions here is the St. Lucie Bat Houses, a habitat for more than 10,000 bats (not the wooden kind) that previously lived here.
- Space Coast Stadium, Viera—This 8,100 seat stadium accommodates the Washington Nationals. It’s not far from Cape Canaveral and has a space theme throughout.
- Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee—Home to the Houston Astros, this is the smallest park in the Grapefruit League, seating just more than 5,000. It’s just a couple miles from Disney World and Universal, so you can bring the family along
- Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista—Not far from Kissimmee and Disney World, the Atlanta Braves come every year to make their annual run for the World Series. This 9,500 seat stadium is high-end, with luxury boxes, open air suites and many of the same features found at Major League parks.
Don’t Miss a Pitch—Make It Easy to Catch All the Grapefruit League Action with a Charter Bus
Regardless of where you go to catch spring training games, you don’t want worry about where to turn, where you’re going, or where to park. With a charter bus from BusRental.com, you can enjoy baseball while someone else handles all the details. Here are some additional benefits:
- Charter buses are safe and secure—Our drivers are simply the best in the business, due in significant part to the rigorous training we put them through. Another benefit of bus travel—the limited access to the bus ensures that you and your personal items are safe and secure.
- Charter buses are reliable—We’ll have you in the stands in plenty of time and will be waiting for you after the final out. With a charter bus, delays and cancellations just don’t happen. We have the cutting edge technology to respond to any issue, so we can always get you where you want to be when you want to be there.
- Bus travel is the best bargain for your bucks—Bus travel is hands-down the most cost effective way to travel. With the money you don’t spend on travel, you can get a shirt or a cap from your favorite team.
- We can accommodate any group—Large or small, your group will find a vehicle that’s perfect for your needs.
From Sand to Sandlots—A Charter Bus is a Great Way to Visit Florida during Spring Training
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