Although the lot surrounds the stadium, most people park on its first base side in either a grass field or paved lot. You don't want to park on the stadium's third base side, as the limited spaces there are in harm's way. Harm being foul balls. The large grass field behind left field is safe. Just take Granada Street and enter it via Horton Way. A cheaper parking alternative is available at the Living Hope Community Church across the street from the stadium on Granada. Just pay a small donation ($5 or less) and you'll have the added benefit of avoiding post game parking lot congestion.
Stadium Cost: $7
With its Mediterranean-style facade and nicely landscaped exterior, Joker Marchant Stadium is a lovely site to behold. Surrounded by lush trees, it's the centerpiece of the Tigertown complex and has been hosting Tigers spring training games for over four decades. The team has trained in Lakeland even longer, since 1934 (excepting the World War II years of 1943-45). The relationship between the city and team is the longest in spring training history. Built for just $360,000 in 1966, Joker Marchant Stadium was erected with concrete structure during a time when other stadiums were being built with structural steel (concrete withstands rust, structural steel does not). It has expanded over the years from its original capacity of 4,900 through renovations. The most recent one, completed prior to 2003 at a cost of $10 million, added a berm in left field. The stadium was named after the city's former Parks and Recreation Director, who was instrumental in establishing the Tigertown complex.
The single lane streets outside the stadium are named for past Tiger greats (Kaline Drive and Horton Way).
Most fans enter the stadium through its home plate gate, although there are also first and third base gates.
The ticket office is adjacent to the home plate gate and has a covered waiting area that's partially paved with engraved personalized bricks.
The concourse is behind the stadium and is completely covered. It includes a picnic area behind home plate.
Plaques dedicated to Al Kaline, the stadium's namesake, and the 1968 Tigers are found near an entrance portal on the first base concourse.
The bullpens are next to each other beyond the right-center field wall, well away from where fans sit.
The clubhouses and Tigers' executive offices are housed in the two-story building down the right field line.
The stadium has two scoreboards. The main one in right-center has a video board. A tiny one just to the left of the batter's eye resembles the classic Little League scoreboard. There's also a display to the right of the batter's eye that posts the MPH of each pitch.
The lights hum loudly during night games.
Souvenirs are available at two spots on the concourse. The main Tigers team shop is behind home plate and a tent is set up behind third base.
Types of Seating
Fans have their choice between traditional stadium seats with chair backs and armrests, bleachers with or without seat backs, or the outfield lawn.
Stadium seats: Sections 100-112 and 200-210.
Bleachers: Sections 301-304 are sold as Left Field Reserved seats but are just bleacher benches with seat backs. Sections 401-403 (General Admission) are bleachers without seat backs.
Berm: A 45-foot sloped hill with a capacity of 400 people encompasses all of left field.
Notes about the seating
The Tigers dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 100-106 or 200-206.
An aisle divides the stadium's main grandstand into two distinct sections. Box seats are below the aisle, Reserved seats above it. There are far more reserved seats than box seats.
All stadium seats have cup holders.
Handicapped accessible seating is spread throughout the main grandstand. It can be found on the concourse above section 100, in a raised platform behind section 112, in row A of section 202 and at the top of sections 203-205. There's also spaces set aside on the concourse above the berm in left field.
The protective screen behind home plate extends from sections 105-108. An additional protective net is in front of sections 101-102 behind first base.
The seats at the very top of General Admission (sections 401-403) are actually above the main grandstand's roof and it can get windy up there.
Standing room is plentiful on or around the berm. Limited standing room is available directly behind the box seats in the open space between the third base grandstand and bleachers plus in a similar area on the stadium's first base side.
Ushers in the main grandstand keep its narrow cross-aisle clear at all times and will generally prevent anyone from trying to sneak into a box seat that's sans a ticket for one. They will, however, let you plop down anywhere else in the stadium if you can find an available seat.
Sections and rows
Rows for sections with stadium seats range as follows:
AA to EE in section 100; AA to HH in sections 101-102; FF to HH in sections 103-104; AA to HH in sections 105-108; FF to HH in sections 109-110; DD to FF in section 111; DD to GG in section 112; A to Q in sections 200-201; D to W in section 202; A to W in sections 203-204; A to T in section 205; A to Q in sections 206-207; A to M in section 208; A to W in sections 209-210
Rows for sections with bleacher seats range as follows:
A to L in sections 301-304; 24 unmarked rows make up sections 401-403
Rows I and O are skipped in all applicable sections.
The first three rows in sections 100-102 and 105-108 are sold as Field Box.
Sections 100-112 are sold as Box (except for the 3 rows of Field Box seats in 7 of those sections).
Sections 200-210 are sold as Reserved.
Sections 301-304 are sold as Left Field Reserved.
Sections 401-403 are sold as General Admission.
Space on the left field lawn is sold as Berm.
Prior to their 3rd birthday, children do not need a ticket.
Seats in the shade
The stadium's roof covers rows N & up in sections 202-210. Not only are all seats in those rows covered (and thereby shaded), but because the sun is positioned behind the main grandstand shade is able to creep down further in the nine sections that the roof partly covers. For the typical 1:05 afternoon start, seats that are fully shaded can be found in rows E & up in sections 202-205, F & up in section 206, G & up in section 207, J & up in section 208, and L & up in sections 209-210. Once daylight saving time begins, the seats that receive shade at the beginning of the game shift to rows G & up in sections 202-204, D & up in section 205, B & up in sections 206-208, and E & up in sections 209-210. As the game progresses, all seats in sections 205-210 become shaded.
The six suites on either side of the press box all have balconies with stadium seats. The Officers' Club is a rudimentary party deck at the top of section 209.
Gates open approximately 2 hours before first pitch - at 11:00 a.m. for an afternoon (1:05) start and 4:00 p.m. for an evening (6:05) start. The will call window opens at 9 a.m.
Food, drink and bag policy
No food can be brought into the stadium.
Bottles, cans, thermos jugs and other liquid containers are not permitted in the stadium.
Bags are allowed up to a maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8".
The Tigers' clubhouse is down the right field line and Tigers players will sign for fans gathered in the box seats between it and their dugout, both before and after the game. The visiting team uses the same clubhouse but their players usually take a route to it that cuts across the field, whereas the Tigers walk along the warning track close to the first base stands. So Lakeland's ballpark is a so-so one for home team autographs and a lousy place for those who prefer signatures from the visiting team. Serious autograph hounds will want to head to the right field corner outside of the stadium following the game and take their chances on a Tiger or two emerging from their clubhouse. The visiting team's bus will also be parked nearby, but behind the fence in a restricted area. So once again fans of the the visiting team will be likely be thwarted in their autograph pursuits.
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