DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers today announced the club's Grapefruit League game schedule for 2017 Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida.
Next spring will mark the Tigers 81st season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2017 spring season marks the club's 52nd consecutive season of exhibition play at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
The Tigers will open the exhibition schedule on Thursday, February 23 as the club plays host to Florida Southern College in the annual matchup against the Moccasins. The Tigers open the home portion of the Grapefruit League schedule against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, February 24.
The home schedule is highlighted by visits from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, March 10 and Sunday, March 26, as well as the New York Yankees on March 4 and March 17, the New York Mets on March 12 and 20, and a visit by the National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals on Wednesday, March 1.
Full season ticket packages and individual game tickets for the 2017 Tigers Spring Training exhibition season will be available at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. For additional ticket information and special group pricing, call the Lakeland ticket office at (863) 686-8075 or visit tigers.com/springtraining.
New Look TigerTown to Feature Major Ballpark Enhancements
Following the historic agreement to ensure the Detroit Tigers winter home remains in Lakeland for an unprecedented 100 years, we're excited to unveil the renovations taking place at the newly christened Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
"We're all very excited about the major renovations in Lakeland that look spectacular," said Al Avila Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. "TigerTown is being transformed into a world class complex second to none in Major League Baseball. It's going to make quite a difference for the Detroit Tigers players and staff, and for the fans, who will appreciate all the enhancements. We are especially grateful to the City of Lakeland, Polk County, Publix and the State of Florida for their vision and commitment to the Tigers. It speaks volumes of our outstanding relationship."
There will be more comfort, more entertainment and more fun in a family friendly atmosphere.
More Shade - There are six new covered sections (211-216), increasing the number of covered seats (rows N and up) from 1,246 to 2,098 seats (increase of 41%), while more seats will be shaded with the extended roof. The new 34 Club will provide an additional 203 covered seats, while casting shade to sections 200-201, previously unprotected from the sun.
More Box Seats - Sections 111 and 112 have been rebuilt and expanded, and we've added four additional box seat sections down the third base line (113-116), bringing the total seating in the 100 sections from 1,243 to 1,888.
More Air Conditioned Spaces - The 34 Club, presented by Miller Lite, located atop sections 200-201, features an indoor bar and seating, an all-inclusive buffet and outdoor padded seating for 203 fans. Four former suites on the third base side of the press box have been transformed into the On Deck Suite, an all-inclusive space for 36-60 people that includes upscale food and beverages. You can also cool off in the new 1,800 square foot indoor merchandise store, located at the home plate entrance.
More Concession Stands and Offerings - The concession stands have been rebuilt and expanded with all new equipment, offering more items, while rotating in new items to keep the menu fresh and exciting. A new point of sale system should shorten wait times and digital menu boards will allow us to easily post new food offerings and food specials.
More Restrooms (rebuilt and expanded) - The number of women's restroom toilets is increasing 50% from 48 to 72. Men's toilets/urinals are increasing from 38 to 48. Two new family restrooms have been added.
More Wheelchair Accessible Seating (and Elevators) - Four new wheelchair accessible seating sections were added atop sections 212, 214, 215 and 216, and while the wheelchair accessible section in 205 in being removed; the number of ADA seats (wheelchairs and companion seats) increased from 30 to 42. Two additional elevators have been added, bringing the total to three. Elevators will now be located near the home plate, first base and third base entrances.
More Premium and Group Seating - The 34 Club, presented by Miller Lite will sit atop sections 200 and 201. This brand new upscale offering celebrates the Tigers relationship with the City of Lakeland that dates back to 1934, the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet (the menu changes daily), air-conditioned indoor seats and outdoor seating. Perfect for individuals and small groups during Spring Training.
On Deck Suite - Situated behind section 208, the On Deck Suite provides a living room feel, with comfortable furniture and couches, HD TVs and an all-inclusive buffet (the menu changes daily). Outdoor seating is also available to take in all the action. Ideal for groups of 48-60 during the Flying Tigers season, the On Deck Suite is available for Spring Training in sets of four season tickets.
Hooters Dugout - Located adjacent to section 100 just down the first base line, the Hooters Dugout is the prime spot for autographs and player interaction. Perfect for groups of 30-40, the area includes an all-you-can-eat picnic with select ballpark and Hooters food, along with your own private waitress staff.
Pepsi Pavilion - Featuring two tiers with covering to protect against the sun and rain, the Pepsi Pavilion is perfect for groups ranging from 30-200 people. A mix of fixed stadium seats, drink rails and picnic tables allow for groups to watch the action or socialize with friends and family, while enjoying an all-you-can-eat picnic.
Margaritaville - Presented by Margaritaville Rum & Tequila located directly down the right field line, the Florida themed Margaritaville Deck mixes a Florida theme with views of the bullpens and clubhouse. Featuring two tiers of seating, Margaritaville is available during Spring Training to groups of 44-120 and will double as a group/public place during the Flying Tigers season.
Suites - Two additional suites have been built at the top of section 205, along with the two existing suites to receive a complete makeover. A portion of the On Deck Suite can be sectioned off to create a fifth suite. Each suite is furnished with new flat screen TVs (includes the MLB package), WiFi, wet bar, indoor seating and 12 outdoor seats.
In addition, a number of NEW FEATURES have been added - improved technology and public spaces to enhance your game day experience.
LED HD Video Displays and Scoreboard - A new state-of-the-art HD videoboard and scoreboard, measuring 46 feet wide by 26 feet tall (1,196 square feet), will sit atop the berm in left field, one of the largest boards in all of Spring Training, along with a ribbon board in right field. These boards will include day experience, from more player information and stats, to new and exciting in-game promotions.
Sound System - A new sound system will allow us to control each individual speaker, reducing and increasing the volume where needed.
Berm Bar - Sitting under the new scoreboard in left field, the berm bar will feature 360-degree bar seating, picnic tables, and a ticketed 120-foot drink rail with waitress service during Spring Training.
The Runway - Built on top of the former Lodwick Field airstrip, The Runway will connect the first base concourse and the berm, providing fans a 360-degree view of the field. Fans will be able to watch the game from drink rails or beach chair seating, get a unique look into the bullpens, check out the history of TigerTown, and enjoy unique food and drink offerings.
New Player Amenities - As a year around facility and rehabilitation center for both our major and minor league players.
Clubhouse and Weight Room - New clubhouses have been constructed for the Detroit Tigers and Flying Tigers, along with a brand new 7,068 square-foot weight room and agility area, one of the largest in all of Major League Baseball.
Minor League and Practice Fields - A new observation tower has been constructed, allowing player development staff to get a 360-degree view of the four practice fields. One field has been replaced with artificial turf, making it suitable for play shortly after rain storms and allowing year-round activity, while the other fields underwent maintenance in the offseason. New practice mounds and a 9,000 square-foot air-conditioned batting cage have also been erected.
Rehabilitation Facilities - The new athletic training facility is outfitted with some of today's most advanced treatment and rehabilitative modalities offered, allowing Lakeland to become a year-round rehabilitation and training facility for all major and minor league players. From class IV laser technology to neuromuscular stimulation, the facilities will allow the Tigers sports medicine staff to promote a more efficient environment for the healing process to take place.