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Detroit Tigers Celebrate 75 Year Anniversary Spring Training in Lakeland

The Detroit Tigers and City of Lakeland have announced a full calendar of special events that are planned in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Spring Training in Lakeland, FL.  This anniversary week will take place February 22-27, 2011 in Lakeland, Winter Home to the Detroit Tigers and commemorate the longest standing relationship in Major League Baseball between a franchise and host city.

The week-long occasion promises many memorable moments while generating significant community goodwill.  The following special public and VIP events include:

Tuesday, Feb. 22              The 65th Annual Tigers Barbecue (hosted by the Chamber of Commerce)

Wednesday, Feb. 23       The Tigers Diamond Gala

Thursday, Feb. 24            The 16th Annual Major League Scramble (Cleveland Heights Golf Course)

Friday, Feb. 25                   Detroit Tigers vs. Florida Southern College

“Tigers On the Town” (Downtown event featuring live entertainment, activities, etc.)

Sunday, Feb. 27                Opening Day (75th Anniversary of Spring Training)

Proceeds from these events will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida to benefit local area non-profits including Boys & Girls Club of Lakeland/Mulberry, Sunflower Preschool Playground, The First Tee of Lakeland, and Polk Sheriff’s Charities.

Tickets to the Tigers Barbecue, Tigers’ Diamond Gala and foursomes in the Major League Scramble will go on sales Wednesday, December 1st and will be available online at

For information on the Detroit Tigers 75th Anniversary Spring Training including a complete schedule of events and ticket information, visit

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