Spring Training
2018 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota Florida

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

Sarasota's Spring Pastime: Grapefruit League baseball

Sarasota County is the Spring Training home of the Baltimore Orioles and will be home to the Atlanta Braves in 2019. Explore baseball, beaches and so much more in this coastal paradise. 

The temperature is as enviable as the tickets when the Baltimore Orioles flock south each year for spring training. Starting in 2019, the Atlanta Braves will be joining the Maryland snowbirds as well!

The best in Florida

The Orioles have been in the Sarasota community for nearly three decades — operating at Twin Lakes Park since 1991.  In 2018, Ed Smith Stadium was ranked the no. 1 spring training stadium by USA TODAY.  36,000 online reviews were analyzed for the study, compiling the results in a report called "The Voice of the Fan," in which the Orioles Stadium was the most-liked venue.

More than 885,000 fans have cheered on the Birds at Ed Smith Stadium since the team moved to Sarasota. 

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. 

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.  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.

New Stadium adds to Sarasota's baseball legacy

Due to be completed in April 2019, the Atlanta Braves new stadium in the West Villages of Florida near North Port will be a new $125 million stadium with a 360-degree concourse, and outfield patio and a bar area. 

Ed Smith Stadium

This major league facility features a 7,500-seat stadium, four additional onsite training fields with one practice half-field, five offsite training fields, a clubhouse and covered batting cages and pitching mounds.

Often referred to as "Birdland South," Ed Smith Stadium hosts major league Spring Training and the combined complex, which includes the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, features all of the ballpark amenities to make any athlete feel like they're in the big leagues.

Atlanta Braves Stadium

The Atlanta Braves Spring Training Complex opening in 2019 will be a year-round facility for Braves players development, training & rehabilitation with a full service restaurant & venue. The complex will be located in North Port, Florida at 14906 Tamiami Trail and will feature 6,500 fixed seats and 2,500 additional general admission. The facility includes six and a half practice fields and a 55,000-square-foot clubhose and fitness center. The complex will be open year-round with extended spring training for minor league teams.