It’s that time of year when Sarasota sports fans turn to one of their favorite sports - Spring Training Baseball. The Sarasota Spring Training Baseball season fired up on February 26th and will run through March 30th this year. Teams like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Philadelphia Phillies will be here competing against our home team, the Baltimore Orioles. You can view the entire season line up at http://m.mlb.com/orioles/tickets/spring .
Thanks to our beautiful weather, spring training baseball has been a fixture in Sarasota for nearly a century. The annual tradition of hosting Major League teams in Sarasota began in the 1920’s when the owner of the New York Giants was persuaded by two good friends, Samuel Gumpertz and John Ringling to bring his team to play at a newly constructed baseball diamond in Payne Park. Over the years, the Indianapolis Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago White Sox all played at Payne Park.
In 1989, Sarasota made a significant investment in its sporting venues when the Ed Smith Stadium was built at 2700 12th Street at the corner of 12th and Tuttle in the northeastern part of Downtown Sarasota. And, since 2010, the Baltimore Orioles have called Sarasota their spring training home and more than 640,000 fans have enjoyed spring training games at the stadium. A major renovation to support the needs of the Orioles was completed in 2011.
For a different Spring Training venue, you may also want to attend at Pittsburgh Pirates game at their spring training camp right next door in Bradenton.
Ed Smith Stadium is a great place for baseball enthusiasts. Unlike some spring training camps, there's plenty of parking right at the stadium, concession stands, a team shop and, for those so inclined, there are 3 private suites that can be purchased. If you like to get "up close and personal" with the players, you'll love this stadium with its modest seating capacity of 7,428 plus standing-room-only space bringing the total capacity to 8,500. A fabric sun shade extends from the stadium's roof to nearly double the number of shaded seats. While tickets have been on sale since January, tickets can often be purchased on the day of the game.
If you aren't a baseball aficionado, Sarasota offers several other ways to enjoy your favorite sport year round including the Sarasota Polo Club, the IMG Sports Academy and the Nathan Benderson Park among others. Nathan Benderson Park will host the 2017 World Rowing Championships. And, there are those 35 miles of beautiful beaches, hundreds of miles of nature trails for hiking or cycling. There are also venues for equestrian events, boat racing, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and, of course, watching gorgeous sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
If you aren't already here, and you're a fan of baseball or any sport, for that matter, now through early Spring would be a great time to come to Sarasota to identify and purchase a year-round or seasonal Sarasota Florida home or condo. There are plenty of homes for sale in virtually every price range on the Greater Sarasota real estate market.
I would be delighted to firsat listen to your needs and wishes and then work tirelessly to find the home or condo in Downtown Sarasota, in one of our vintage Sarasota neighborhoods or in a country club community that perfectly fulfills your dreams and wishes. Please call me now at 941.266-2512. I'd be apopy to answer all your questions and help you plan your trip here.