It’s Spring Training in Florida’s Grapefruit League
Are you ready for spring? How about major league baseball? If either appeals to you, it is time to plan a trip to Florida since the Grapefruit League’s spring training schedule beckons you with both.
Starting on February 22 and continuing through March 27, the cries of “Play ball” and the crack of the bat will echo across the 15 Major League Spring Training stadiums in the sunshine state. The stadiums are clustered on the state’s east and west coast, with a couple on I4 between the two. With distances between stadiums ranging from just a few miles across town in places like Ft. Myers, Sarasota and Tampa to a maximum of a little over 200 miles across the state, it is relatively easy to take in several different teams and stadiums.
Good planning now for your trip is required if you don’t want to be disappointed. These relatively small stadiums sell out fairly quickly, especially when traditional rivals play each other. Nearby hotels also fill up often since spring training coincides with the annual Florida influx of snowbirds and tourists.
Most spring training stadiums are modern and up to date, with a wide range of amenities and concessions appropriate to the big leagues. Because the ball parks are smaller than regular-season parks, most seats offer a more intimate view of the playing field than most major league patrons get to enjoy.
The quality of baseball in spring training is truly major league. While there are some tryout players who will not be starters in the majors at least in the beginning of the 2018 season, most of the regular team rosters play every day in spring training games, particularly as opening day approaches.
- Study the schedules of your favorite teams online and use the web to purchase the game tickets you want now. They may not be available on game day.
- Purchase your airline tickets to Florida now since flights often sell out.
- Don’t forget to reserve a rental car too. They sell out at some locations.
- Plan your route in Florida and which teams and games you want to see and make appropriate hotel and instate transportation arrangements now.
- Give yourself enough time on game days to cope with typically heavy traffic and lines at restaurants.