Baltimore Orioles - Sarasota
Ed Smith Stadium
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, FL 34237
Attending a Orioles Game at Ed Smith Stadium
The 53-acre site houses the stadium and the surrounding spring-training complex with four-and-a-half practice fields and 35,000 square feet of clubhouses and office space. It maintains a national reputation as a premier baseball facility and continues to be the mecca of baseball activity in the this area.
A $31.2 million renovation of Ed Smith Stadium between the 2010 and 2011 Spring Training seasons offers fans a classic ballpark feel while paying homage to Sarasota's architectural history. One of the defining features is an entrance way behind home plate allowing fans walking into the stadium to immediately get a glimpse of the whole field.
Ballpark walls were extended toward the street, giving the facility an indoor concourse and a second-floor facade features additional concessions and bathrooms. The new structure also has a roof extension and a wrap-around apron to address frequent complaints that the stadium doesn't have enough shaded areas. Other changes include the installation of 7,100 seats recycled from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Sarasota has a long history of spring training baseball dating back to the 1920's and Calvin Nathaniel Payne. John McGraw's New York Giants held spring training at Payne Park from 1924 through 1927 at the persuasion of one of his good friends John Ringling. After the Giants left in 1927, the Boston Red Sox called Payne Park their spring training home from 1933 until 1958 and were followed by the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds.
Orioles Spring Training Ticket Prices & Information
2013 Ticket Prices
Third Base Lounge: $30 (Prime Game $32); Premium Infield Box: $28 (Prime Game $30); Infield Box: $24 (Prime Game $26); Lower Box: $22 (Prime Game $24); Reserved Grandstand: $18 (Prime Game $20); Left Field Pavilion: $16 (Prime Game $18); Standing Room Only: $8 (Prime Game $10)
Prime Games consist of all matchups against the Red Sox, Yankees and Phillies
Further 2014 ticket information is forthcoming.
The 2013 season will mark the Orioles fourth Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium. The stadium was built in 1989 and was renovated prior to the 2011 season.
Dimensions: 333 feet, left field line and 339 feet, right field line, 400 feet to centerfield.
Seating Capacity: 7,500
Pitchers and catchers report on February 12 with their first workout on February 13. Position players report February 15 with the first full-squad working being February 16.
Click here for a Ed Smith Stadium Seating Diagram
Directions to Ed Smith Stadium
South on I-75: Exit 213 (University Parkway West); Follow signs to Tuttle Avenue. Left on Tuttle Avenue to 12th Street. Right onto 12th Street.
North on I-75: Exit 210 (Fruitville Road West); Fruitville Road to Tuttle Avenue. Right on Tuttle Avenue to 12th Street. Left on 12th Street.
From Bradenton: 41 South to University Parkway. Left on University Parkway to Tuttle Avenue. Right on Tuttle Avenue to 12th Street. Right on 12th Street.
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Baltimore Orioles Spring Training History
(St. Louis Browns 1902-53)
1914 St. Petersburg (Coffee Pot Bayou Park)
1925-27 Tarpon Springs
1928-36 West Palm Beach
1955 Daytona Beach (City Island Ball Park)
1959-88 Miami (Bobby Maduro Stadium)
1989-90 Miami, Sarasota (Ed Smith Stadium)
1991 Sarasota (Ed Smith Stadium)
1992-95 St. Petersburg (Al Lang Field)
1996-2009 Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale Stadium)
2010-13 Sarasota (Ed Smith Stadium)
Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Attendance (2005-13)
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Visit Sarasota County (800) 800-3906 or www.visitsarasota.org
Other nearby Spring Training sites
McKechnie Field, Bradenton, Home of the Pittsburgh Pirates - 13 miles to the North
Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Home of the Tampa Bay Rays - 39 miles to the South
Bright House Field, Clearwater, Home of the Philadelphia Phillies - 54 miles to the North
Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Home of the New York Yankees, 57 miles to the North
Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, Home of the Toronto Blue Jays, 61 miles to the North
Jet Blue Park, Fort Myers, Home of the Boston Red Sox - 76 miles to the South