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Spring Training is one of the sweetest traditions in baseball, with a character that can’t be touched by, say, preseason football. It has a lot of the charm of minor league baseball, plus two big scoops of hope for the season that begins in April. Here are the most gorgeous places to catch a game this March!
Osceola County Stadium, Kissimmee, Fla. This intimate stadium opened in 1984. It seats 5300 and is also the home of the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring, where big league umps get their training.
Boston Red Sox
JetBlue Park, Fort Myers, Fla. Opened in 2012, this stadium seats 10,823 and has exactly the same dimensions as Fenway – including its own Green Monster!
Sloan Park, Mesa, Ariz. Opened in 2014 as ‘Cubs Park’, Sloan Park has a capacity of 15,000, the largest of any spring training stadium in Major League Baseball.
New York Mets
Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie, Fla. Opened in 1988 as Thomas J. White Stadium, Tradition Field now bears its third name. It holds 7,160 people.
Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Fla. Holding 8500, built in 1989, Ed Smith Stadium has been Spring home to the Orioles since 2010.
Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla. This stadium has been the Phillies’ spring home since it opened in 2004. It holds 8500.
McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Fla. Built in 1923, McKechnie Field is the oldest stadium used for MLB Spring baseball, and the third oldest ballpark used by any big league team, period; only Fenway and Wrigley are older. This Spring marks the Bucs’ 48th season there.
Arizona Diamondbacks And Colorado Rockies
Salt River Fields, Scottsdale, Ariz. Finished in 2011, Salt River Fields serves two teams. The Diamondbacks’ facilities are along the left field line. The Rockies have theirs in the right field area. The stadium complex features an artificial lake filled with 17,000 fish.
Cincinnati Reds And Cleveland Indians
Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear, Ariz. Like Salt River Fields, part of a larger complex, Goodyear Ballpark was finished in 2009. The Indians have their posters on the 1st base side. The Reds have theirs on the 3rd base side.
Tampa Bay Rays
Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Fla. Aside from its beauty, the most interesting thing about this stadium might be that the Rays don’t hold Spring Training in their regular season ballpark – Tropicana Field. Both ballparks are right there in Florida, after all!