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By Sarah Talalay and Sarah Talalay,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | March 28, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- The Orioles are scheduled to play their last game of spring training at Fort Lauderdale Stadium this afternoon, meeting the New York Mets. Where they will host spring training permanently is far less clear. The team has signed an extension to return in 2009 and has had an agreement for more than a year to overhaul 46-year-old Fort Lauderdale Stadium, its spring home for 13 years. That agreement is contingent on approval the city of Fort Lauderdale has to receive from the Federal Aviation Administration.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
The architectural style is "Florida Picturesque," and the baseball amenities make Ed Smith Stadium a field of dreams, but there really is only one way to describe the dramatic restoration project that has created a beautiful new home away from home for the Orioles. Long overdue. Two decades after they began their quest for a new all-purpose spring training facility, the Orioles will christen Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays in what will be a celebration for an organization that has endured substandard and outdated spring facilities for years.
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By Sarah Talalay and Sarah Talalay,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | January 3, 2007
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- The state of Florida has agreed to grant Fort Lauderdale $15 million over 30 years to help the Orioles overhaul Fort Lauderdale Stadium for spring training, the Florida Sports Foundation announced yesterday. The grant of state sales tax rebate dollars is the final piece the team needed to pay for the $40 million project, which includes baseball diamonds and soccer fields that will be open for public use. "That's encouraging to have such a quick approval of the state portion," Orioles executive vice president John Angelos said.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
Wednesday's exhibition game was the Orioles' final in 2009 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, and it's still not official whether they'll be back in 2010 and beyond. The search for a new spring training facility has become a never-ending saga of fits, starts, flirtations, rejections and complications. Although some club officials are optimistic a long-term solution is coming, there's no concrete indication of when. Here are the four possibilities, all in Florida, and where the club stands with each: SARASOTA Attractive to the Orioles because their minor leaguers are already there and the big league club could move next year into Ed Smith Stadium, which the Cincinnati Reds are leaving this spring.
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By Peter Schmuck | February 26, 2007
The weather took a turn for the worse here yesterday. Several times during the afternoon, dark clouds passed over Fort Lauderdale Stadium, blocking out the sun and pushing temperatures down into the mid-70s. It got so bad at one point that I didn't even bother to put on sunblock. Hope all is well in Baltimore.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 21, 2008
The cute little lizard that ventured into the media room the other day at Fort Lauderdale Stadium didn't save anybody a penny on car insurance, but it did climb up the pants leg of Sun sportswriter Roch Kubatko and cause quite a stir. The rambunctious reptile was quickly captured and turned loose outside, so no animals were harmed during the production of Roch Around the Clock.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 6, 2007
Loewen's debut Left-hander Adam Loewen struck out five in two innings, and the Orioles held on to beat the Florida Marlins for their fourth straight victory, 5-3, yesterday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Using a new curveball grip taught to him by teammate Erik Bedard, Loewen struck out four straight Marlins, and, after allowing a walk and a single, he struck out Matt Treanor to end his outing. Doubled pleasure The Orioles hit three straight doubles in a four-run second inning off Marlins starter Chris George.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko | March 11, 1997
What the Orioles did yesterday: Improved their record to 8-0-1 in their last nine games with an 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Rafael Palmeiro knocked in four runs and Mike Bordick went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.What the Orioles will do today: Play the Philadelphia Phillies for the only time this spring, in the first of two night games at Fort Lauderdale Stadium (7: 05 p.m.). Right-hander Mike Mussina (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Orioles, followed by Rule 5 draftee Mike Johnson, Terry Mathews and Randy Myers.
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By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | July 17, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Orioles will hold spring training at Fort Lauderdale Stadium for at least two more years and will work with the city to determine if a permanent spring training complex can be established at the stadium site. With the team's commitment to help pay to repair the 40- year-old stadium's crumbling roof, commissioners agreed yesterday to extend the Orioles' lease through 2004. The roof repairs are expected to cost $250,000, and the Orioles have agreed to contribute up to $150,000 and the money raised from a new $1 surcharge on each ticket and car parked at the stadium.
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By Sarah Talalay and Brittany Wallman and Sarah Talalay and Brittany Wallman,South Florida Sun-Sentinel | December 14, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Orioles left the Broward County Commission chambers with less than they wanted, but a step closer to finalizing a $40 million plan to overhaul Fort Lauderdale Stadium for spring training and to create a recreational park complex. The team had hoped the county would create an $800,000 reserve fund to cover an annual pledge of hotel taxes for 30 years to help pay for the project. Team officials wanted to ensure the county would have the dollars available in case of an economic or tourism downturn.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 3, 2009
SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles head north at the conclusion of spring training, they leave behind facilities badly in need of either an overhaul or a wrecking ball, depending on whom you ask. This spring, Major League Baseball received multiple complaints from umpires about the conditions at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, the Orioles' major league spring training home since 1996. The situation is even worse at the team's long-time minor league complex in Sarasota, where three organizations have boycotted playing at Twin Lakes Park this spring over concerns about the fields.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 27, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - His latest opportunity wasn't ruined by an emergency appendectomy or a flying bat shard or a misstep on the stairs in the team hotel. Hayden Penn got to take the mound Thursday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium and state his case that he belongs in the Orioles' rotation. What he did, instead, was cast his Orioles future further in doubt. Needing a strong start to lock down one of three undecided rotation spots, Penn was knocked around for seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in the Orioles' 11-6 loss to the Florida Marlins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
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By Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 23, 2009
JUPITER, Fla. - Orioles owner Peter Angelos confirmed the Orioles are planning to make a significant free-agent push when the team gets within range of contending for a playoff berth next winter or in advance of the 2011 season. Angelos, who attended yesterday's game at Roger Dean Stadium and spoke briefly with reporters, also applauded the job Andy MacPhail has done since MacPhail took over as president of baseball operations. "I think Andy has done a great job," Angelos said. "If we can maintain that impetus, things can be pretty good.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 22, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Nick Markakis has always looked completely at ease when he is in the batter's box or in right field. However, there is one aspect of the game Markakis readily acknowledges is out of his comfort zone. The Orioles have been encouraging their star right fielder to be more aggressive on the base paths, but Markakis has been slow to embrace the idea. That's why he has been working with Orioles third base coach Juan Samuel, who once stole 72 bases in a major league season, on the back fields of Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 19, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -It hit Brian Roberts on Sunday, before he even had his first at-bat or experienced one of the highlights of his baseball career. "I take the national anthem seriously every day, but I was standing there, praying like I always do during the anthem, and then I opened my eyes and looked around and saw who was standing beside me and what uniform I had on," Roberts said of his indoctrination to Team USA and the World Baseball Classic. "I said to myself, 'Wow, this is for real.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC AND DAN CONNOLLY | March 14, 2009
TWO HITS FOR WIETERS In the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in the first game of the split-squad series, top prospect Matt Wieters went 2-for-3 with a run scored, raising his Grapefruit League average to .440. But it wasn't the typical two-hit day for the switch-hitting catcher as both of his hits were of the infield variety. Wieters hit a high chopper over the head of Cardinals starter Kyle McClellan and then legged out the hit in the second inning.
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February 11, 2007
Orioles information Stadium Fort Lauderdale Stadium (Orioles' 12th year) Address 1301 NW 55th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33309 Phone number 954-776-1921 Dimensions 332 feet to left field; 320 to right; 401 to center. Ticket prices Box seats $20; reserved grandstand (seating under cover) $14; general admission $10 ($5 for children 14 and under); children under 3 do not require a ticket. Senior discount days Fans 60 and over can purchase a reserved grandstand seat for $7 for select weekday games.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 6, 2009
WIETERS KEEPS SWINGING Matt Wieters seems intent on making the club's decision on whether to keep him or start him at Triple-A as hard as possible. The Orioles' switch-hitting catcher had two more hits, including an RBI double, to raise his average to .417 this spring. Batting cleanup, Wieters blooped a single to right field in the first inning and lined an RBI double down the right-field line off Andrew Miller in the third. MAKING A CASE Nobody seems to be giving Lou Montanez much of a shot to make the Opening Day roster because of the Orioles' wealth of outfielders.
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