Spring anew: O's set to move to Sarasota

February 14, 2010|By Jeff Zrebiec

After 14 seasons in Fort Lauderdale, the Orioles are moving their spring training operation to Sarasota, on the west coast of Florida. The move will upgrade their game and practice facilities, reduce travel time to other Grapefruit League cities and put the club's major and minor league operations in the same city.

Stadium: Ed Smith Stadium. Built in 1989, it seats 7,500. The Orioles are planning a $31 million renovation project, due to start once the team heads north after 2010 spring training ends, that will add more seating and modernize the stadium.

Tickets: The Orioles will play 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium this spring, starting with a March 3 contest against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets for non-prime games cost $20 for infield box seats, $18 for lower box seats, $14 for reserved grandstand, $9 for adult general admission and $5 for kids 14 and under general admission.

For prime games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, tickets cost $22 for infield box seats, $20 for lower box seats, $16 for reserved grandstand, $11 for adult general admission and $7 for kids 14 and under general admission.

Tickets are available at Orioles.com or by calling the O's Spring Training line at 941-954-4101.

For more information about Sarasota go to: orioles.com, heraldtribune.com or sarasotafl.org.


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