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2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL

Stadium Opened: 1966 (Expanded in 2003)
Capacity: 8,500
Dimensions: LF- 340 ft.  CF- 420 ft.   RF- 340 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass

Former Names of Ballpark: None


Parking:

  • Parking - $7 in a large grass field

 

Food:

  • Grilled Chicken Sandwiches or burgers with pickle and potato salad
  • Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Little Caesar's Pizza, Chik-Fil-A
  • Strawberry Shortcake - looked great!
  • Barbecue Stand - lots of sauces to choose from!

 

Seating/Stadium Design:

  • Seating areas consist of dark green fold-down seats, bleachers, and a berm area. Berm area is one of the nicest in the Grapefruit League.
  • Seating area and concourse felt a bit cramped.
  • There is a net down the 1st base line, so beware when buying seats there, you could be unexpectedly looking through a net.
  • The bullpens are located in the outfield between the "Batter's Eye" and the scoreboard. Fans can't really get close to the bullpens for photos.
  • "The Flying Tigers Officers Club" - for groups is located on the 3rd base side.
  • In the building along the 1st base side which is labeled on one side 'Detroit Tigers" and the other side "Flying Tigers", the clubhouses and administrative offices are located.

 

Atmosphere/Character:

The minor league team that plays at Joker Marchant Stadium is called the Lakeland Flying Tigers, named for the WWII fighter pilots who were trained on the grounds that Joker Marchant Stadium stands on today. The concession stands in the ballpark all reference the military, so there is an on-going theme throughout the park. Meshed in with the military theme is the tiger theme which is similar to the designs used in Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

Just a note of caution: In my experience, in Spring Training parks the home team takes batting practive either before the gates open or on one of their practice fields. The visiting team is much more available for fans to see, since they warm up and take batting practice on the main field. So, seeing your favorite team "away" might be better than "home". The visiting Florida Marlins can be seen in the below photos to give you an idea of how close you can get to the action.

 

 

 

Overall Rating:

Review is based on my visit on 3/12/11.

 

amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com