1 Steinbrenner Dr.
Stadium Opened: 1996
Dimensions: LF- 318 ft. CF- 408 ft. RF- 314 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: Legends Field
- Parking is $10. Parking is across the street in the Raymond James Stadium grass lot. There is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the busy Dale Mabry Highway for the fans to use.
A wide variety of concessions are available. Some of the items are: pizza, arepas, Boar's Head sandwiches, Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onions, hot dogs, Carvel ice cream, pretzels, BBQ Pork Nachos, cheese steaks, etc.
Before entering the ballpark, take a walk around outside the stadium. There is a lot to see (statues, monuments, fountains, etc.) Fans can watch the visiting team take batting practice on the practice field closest to the ballpark. There are rest rooms outside as well. Ticket windows are at ground level. To enter the ballpark, fans need to go up stairs.
Steinbrenner Field has the largest capacity of any of the Grapefruit League ballparks. The seating bowl is made up of blue fold-down seats without cup holders. A middle concourse runs through the seating bowl dividing it into upper and lower sections. The concession stands are not open to the field so if you get up for food in the middle of the game, you will miss some action.
Counter Seating in the right field deck area (Formerly called the Tampa Tribune Deck). Each seat has an "NY" logo on it. There is a concession stand nearby for easy access to food.
The bullpens are along the baselines. Fans are not allowed to stand and overlook the bullpens.
Steinbrenner Field feels like a smaller, more low-key version of Yankee Stadium. You will hear Paul Olden announcing the players and you will also hear Sinatra's "New York, New York". There is a small version of Monument Park outside the ballpark as well. Steinbrenner Field is a great place to watch a game, but you will not get as up close and personal to the players as you do at many other Spring Training parks.
Review is based on my visit on 3/9/11.