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2018 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota Florida

2018 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota Florida
2018 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota Florida

Play Ball! 2018 Baltimore Orioles Spring Schedule

Get ready for the Baltimore Orioles’ 2018 spring training season

Snowbirds aren’t the only feathered friends who make their way to Sarasota at this time of year. The Baltimore Orioles kick off their 2018 spring training season in Sarasota on February 23, when they play their first spring training home game of the year at Ed Smith Stadium. They’ll take on the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. to start off their ninth season in the city.

Pitchers and catchers make their way to Sarasota in mid-February, with the rest of the team following a few days later. Fans can watch players work out on the back fields at the complex February 14 through February 22 from about 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day, with the first full squad workout on February 19. There is no charge to attend, and parking in the East Lot is free.

To celebrate the start of spring training, the Orioles host Sarasota Springfest on February 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the free family-friendly event, attendees can watch pitchers and catchers practice, participate in games and activities (like playing catch themselves on the field at Ed Smith Stadium), take a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, and snack on breakfast treats from Craving Donuts and Baltimore-style crab cakes from Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. Also on the Springfest schedule: a question-and-answer session with 2017 American League Rookie of the Year finalist and Florida native Trey Mancini at around 12:30 p.m.

The O’s have 16 home games on their 2018 Grapefruit League schedule, including three matchups against the Tampa Bay Rays and two meetups each with the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays. During other home games they’ll take on the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals. The final home game of the season will take place March 24, when the Orioles face off against the Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m. Make sure to stick around for the fireworks display that will follow the completion of that game

Ten of this year’s home games occur on the weekend, a perfect time to bring the family out to the stadium. At the end of every Sunday home game, kids between the ages of four and 14 can head out on the field for the postgame “Kids Run the Bases” activity, presented by Comfort Suites. Special promotions this year include a 2018 spring training magnet schedule giveaway at the February 23 game, an Orioles greyscale cap giveaway for the first 7,000 fans at the February 24 game, and a Manny Machado figure giveaway for the first 5,000 fans at the March 10 game.

More than 885,000 fans have cheered on the Birds at Ed Smith Stadium since the team moved to Sarasota. (Sarasota County’s got plenty to cheer about as well, since the team generates about $89 million in economic impact each year.)

Get your tickets by heading to orioles.com/spring. If you’re looking for shade, focus on sections 203 to 211 (rows 8 and above) along the first base side or sections 215 to 223 (rows 10 and above) on the third base side. Another option is the Third Base Lounge, located on the stadium’s second level. Fans who choose to sit there get a great view of the action on the field and have access to both a climate-controlled bar and outdoor seating. Tickets for the Third Base Lounge start as low as $30. Parking is available for $10 in several lots at and surrounding the stadium complex.

Arrive early, because players and coaches often sign autographs from the time the gates open until 45 minutes before game time. While you’re waiting for the first pitch, you can shop for team gear at the Orioles Official Team Store, located just inside the home plate entrance of the park, and try to snap a photo with the Oriole Bird, who’s been the team’s mascot since 1979.

Feeling hungry for a ballpark snack? The Orioles Fit Grill on the upper level concourse features a variety of healthy options. It was established to support the Orioles Health and Fitness Challenge in Sarasota County’s middle schools.

Or head to Café 54 inside the home plate entrance to the ballpark. Sandwiches, wraps, and other items are on the menu there, which can be enjoyed at your seat or in a climate-controlled setting if you need a break from the Florida sun. The café is named in honor of the year (1954) Major League Baseball returned to Baltimore.

Baltimore Orioles 2018 Spring Training Home Schedule

(opponents, dates, and game times subject to change)

February 23 vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. (split squad)

February 24 vs. Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m.

February 26 vs. Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m.

February 28 vs. St. Louis Cardinals at 1:05 p.m.

March 2 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m.

March 4 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m.

March 8 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.

March 10 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. (split squad)

March 11 vs. Philadelphia Phillies at 6:05 p.m.

March 14 vs. New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m.

March 17 vs. Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m.

March 18 vs. New York Mets at 1:05 p.m.

March 20 vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 6:05 p.m.

March 22 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m.

March 23 vs. Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. (split squad)

March 24 vs. Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m.

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