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Explore Tampa's George M. Steinbrenner Field

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@RobTnova24
March 22, 2023

Welcome to George M. Steinbrenner Field, where the history runs deep, the tradition is rich and the Silver Kings reign supreme. Whether you're here for Yankees Spring Training or a Tarpons game, there will be no shortage of talent (and sunshine) to soak in.

Tampa Tarpons (Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees since 1994, formerly Tampa Yankees)
Established: 1994
Ballpark: George M. Steinbrenner Field (opened 1996, formerly Legends Field)
League: Florida State League
Championships: 1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010
Notable Alumni: Aaron Judge, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Luis Severino, David Robertson, Mike Lowell, Tim Raines, Luis Sojo

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Tampa has a rich history of professional baseball as it was the first site of Spring Training in Florida, hosting the Chicago Cubs at Plant Field near downtown in 1913. The charter member of the Florida State League, the Tampa Smokers were established in 1919. In 1954, Al López Field was built in West Tampa and the newer facility drew the White Sox to move their Spring Training facility from California to Florida. The Reds replaced the South Siders in Tampa in 1960, and Al López Field played host to several members of the Big Red Machine teams from the 1970s.

In 1989, Al López Field was demolished and the original Tarpons franchise moved to Sarasota, leaving Tampa without a team until 1994 when the Yankees established the Class A Advanced Tampa Yankees, who played their first two seasons at Red McEwen Field at the University of South Florida.

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In December 2017 -- after 24 seasons as the Yankees -- Tampa's FSL squad changed its name to the Tarpons in an attempt to celebrate the city's long baseball history. From 1957-87, Tampa fielded an FSL team named the Tarpons. Tarpons are a favorite of Florida fishermen due to their large size -- upward of eight feet long -- but usually are released back into the water as they are difficult to clean and cook. The Tarpons logo was inspired in part by a 1970s-era Tampa Tarpons logo. The fish is depicted in an upright position, resting a baseball bat on its right shoulder in front of a pinstriped background that recalls the iconic look of the Yankees.

As part of 2021's larger reorganization of Minor League Baseball, the Tarpons - along with the rest of the Florida State League - moved from Class A Advanced to Single-A.

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George M. Steinbrenner Field

Ballpark Location (via Google Maps)
Tarpons Roster
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1 Steinbrenner Drive
Tampa, Florida, 33614
(813) 875-7753

Capacity: 11,026
Dimensions: left field, 318; center field, 408; right field, 314

Park Factors (2021-22)
100 = league average
Runs: 99 | Homers: 102 | Hits: 101
Florida State League environment: 4.66 runs per team per game (lowest among 11 full-season leagues)

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George M. Steinbrenner Field is located in Northwest Tampa, at the intersection of US-92 and FL-574. The ballpark includes 11,026 seats and 13 luxury suites. The seated sections are broken up into Reserved Seating, Field Box, Left Field Deck and Right Field Deck sections. In 2017, the park underwent a $40 million renovation, which included an accessible main entrance, 5,000 square feet of retail space, replica monuments in front of the stadium, a 9/11 Memorial, an enlarged NY logo on the right-field concourse, as well as large retired numbers "2" and "42" to honor first-ballot Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. The ballpark is a full 360-degree walk-around stadium.

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Adult fans can also enjoy the right-field bar, Bullpen bar and Fifth Third bar, which is used for parties and open on the weekends.

Concessions

George M. Steinbrenner Field has several concessions stands located throughout its main concourse. Each offers basic ballpark fare -- hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, chicken wings, popcorn, pretzels, chicken tenders, nachos, etc.

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On Thursdays, there is a rotating extended menu which includes more upscale concession items such as pork belly bao buns and apple turnovers. This rotating unique menu is offered at $3 per item and is sold through the fifth inning. There are also themed cuisine packages offered in the Dugout Club behind home plate on Saturdays.

In addition to these food options, George M. Steinbrenner Field also offers a wide variety of adult beverages. Domestic and imported beers are easy to locate throughout the stadium, while wine, hard cocktails, mixed and frozen drinks are also available.

Mascot

There is some exciting news to announce here as the Tarpons are prepared to unveil a brand new mascot for the 2023 season. While the new mascot doesn't have a name yet (trademark pending), we know that he will be announced before Opening Day and will be a Silver King -- the nickname given to Tarpons because they are a prized game fish and silver in appearance. The new mascot will be in full Tampa Tarpons uniform and sport a crown as well as a cape.

The new mascot replaces Blue, the "baseball watching, hot dog eating, umpire bugging, red dread locking, fun loving" former mascot of the team, whose served the role since the organization's early days.

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Local Attractions

Now is as good a time as ever to visit Tampa as the area is experiencing a boom. Still, the biggest attraction in the area probably remains Busch Gardens, which is about a 15-minute drive from George M. Steinbrenner Field. But if amusement parks aren't your thing, downtown Tampa features one of the nation's finest Riverwalks.

The Riverwalk includes restaurants, parks, museums, attractions and retail businesses. According to a 2023 USA Today poll, the Tampa Riverwalk was awarded the second best of America's Top 10 Riverwalks. The area includes Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Straz Center For Performing Arts, Florida Aquarium, Glazer Children's Museum and Sparkman Wharf.

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Being on the west side of Florida also provides numerous options for beaches all within 30 minutes of Tampa and in the greater Tampa Bay area. If you were planning to kill two birds with one stone, Clearwater Beach was named the "Best Beach Town" in January by USA Today.

Food and Drink

Ballpark food can only get you so far, so luckily there are some pretty delectable dining options around George M. Steinbrenner Field. Let's start with a staple for any trip to the Tampa area: Bern's Steakhouse. You'd be hard-pressed to make it through a Tarpons or Yankees Spring Training game without hearing "See you at Bern's" at some point!

There are no shortage of places that offer Cuban sandwiches, but the West Tampa Sandwich Shop and the Arco Iris Cafe are local favorites. And if you're craving something sweet or savory, Alessi Bakery is the place to go -- satisfying customers since 1912.

The downtown/riverwalk areas are also abundant with everything from fine dining to quick bites. Ulele restaurant offers native Floridian fare, with barbacoa grilling and house-brewed beers. While Cena restaurant is the place to go if white-tablecloth Italian is more your speed.

Armature Works is a trendy option for anyone in search of unique experiences, innovative eateries and some night life. It can best be described as "a food court for adults."

Sparkman Wharf offers several options for dining al fresco, and if you make your way over to Harbour Island, Jackson's Bistro is a can't-miss experience.

Lodging

If you are planning on making a vacation out of your trip to Tampa, there are a number of lodging options around George M. Steinbrenner Field as well as in the downtown area of the city.

The Tarpons have a partnership with the Aloft Tampa Midtown and the Element Tampa Midtown which was just recently constructed and offers a more luxurious experience. Both hotels are right next to each other and just a 10 minute drive to George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Downtown Tampa and the Riverwalk also offer numerous options for lodging, such as the Hilton Tampa Downtown and the Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, among a handful of others.

Moving On

If you find yourself in Tampa and wanting to explore other Minor League parks, good news: You have options. George M. Steinbrenner Field is right in the heart of the six FSL West Division clubs -- Lakeland, Clearwater, Dunedin, Bradenton and Fort Myers are the others. The Threshers (Single-A Philadelphia) are the closest, just 16 miles east. But, Dunedin (Single-A Toronto), Lakeland (Single-A Detroit) and Bradenton (Single-A Pittsburgh) are all within an hour drive. Of the nine stadiums in the Florida State League, all but Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach (Single-A Cincinnati) serve as the Major League affiliate's Spring Training home.

In total, there are 12 MiLB teams in Florida to check out, ranging from Double-A Pensacola in the panhandle across to Triple-A Jacksonville down to Single-A Fort Myers on the state's west coast.

The Road to The Bronx

Once Yankees prospects advance beyond the Florida State League, the organization's remaining affiliates are all within a fairly close proximity of New York City. High-A Hudson Valley (N.Y.), Double-A Somerset (N.J.) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) are all within a 2½-hour drive of the Boogie Down Bronx. This makes it easy for fans as well, who wish the knock out a trip to all the Yankees' top levels as well as catching a game at The Stadium.

Single-A: Tampa Tarpons (Tampa, Florida)
High-A: Hudson Valley Renegades (Wappingers Falls, New York)
Double-A: Somerset Patriots (Bridgewater, New Jersey)
Triple-A: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Moosic, Pennsylvania)

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