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Kansas City Royals
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Oakland A's
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers

Grapefruit League Teams
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Miami Marlins
Minnesota Twins
New York Mets
New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals

Spring Training Ballparks
Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
Camelback Ranch
Champion Stadium
Charlotte Sports Park
Ed Smith Stadium
First Data Field
FL Auto Exchange Stadium
Goodyear Ballpark
Hammond Stadium
Hohokam Stadium
JetBlue Park
Joker Marchant Stadium
LECOM Park
Maryvale Baseball Park
Peoria Sports Complex
Roger Dean Stadium
Salt River Fields
Scottsdale Stadium
Sloan Park
Spectrum Field
Steinbrenner Field
Surprise Stadium
Tempe Diablo Stadium

Past Ballparks
City of Palms Park
Fort Lauderdale Stadium
Hi Corbett Field
Osceola County Stadium
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Space Coast Stadium
Tucson Electric Park


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2016 Spring Training Recap
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First 2018 Team Schedules Announced
Six teams have already announced their home game schedule for 2018 spring training. The Detroit Tigers, on September 21, were the first to do so. The most recent team to put out their schedule was the Rays on October 16. Home game schedules are also currently available for the Astros, A's, Nationals and Orioles.

2018 Spring Training Schedules
When is my team's 2018 spring training schedule going to be available? It's the most common question we hear. The answer is most likely sometime between shortly after the end of the regular season, which is October 1, and December 15, as that's when the last teams (Diamondbacks and Rockies) released their schedule last year. Dates will vary by team. For example, the Orioles released their 2017 schedule on October 24, the Yankees on November 7, and the Cubs on November 21. One thing is for certain: when each team releases their 2018 spring training schedule we'll post it on the Spring Training Schedules page. And if you like and then follow Spring Training Connection on Facebook, notices about and links to each team's schedule will be posted there when they become available.

Spring Training Jobs Guide
For those in search of seasonal employment at a spring training site, our page dedicated to Spring Training Jobs has the lowdown on what to expect and who to contact about positions and possibilities in Arizona and Florida for 2018.

Same Places, New Names
In a flurry of renaming activity, three Grapefruit League ballparks changed their names in a span of just 45 days. So the Phillies, as of January 9, now play at Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Field), the Pirates at LECOM Park, which was McKechnie Field prior to February 10, and the Mets finished off the naming rights bonanza with the unveiling of First Data Field on February 23, meaning the Tradition Field name is no more. So when you see those foreign sounding names throughout this spring training know that only what the three ballparks are called has changed and the Mets, Phillies and Pirates will still be playing in the same venues and exact locations as they long have been.

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Features Spring Training Features
Extended Spring Training Guide
Extended spring training games don't draw a lot of fans but are a very fan-friendly experience: admission is free and so is parking at the team complexes where the games are always played in daylight hours from early April through early June. If interested in attending the games so few people even know about, read our Extended Spring Training Guide, which is really the only one of its kind.

Ticket Guide
The 2017 Spring Training Ticket Information Guide covers all the aspects a fan needs to know about for obtaining tickets to attend a game anywhere in Arizona or Florida. From listing on-sale dates to primary and secondary ticket providers, posting box office phone numbers and alerting you to ticketing trends that can drive up, and in some cases down, prices, the ticket guide compiled by Spring Training Connection is full of details and information about the ticket buying process.

Let's Watch Two
Ernie Banks famously said "Let's play two!" and while there are no doubleheaders during spring training there are plenty of opportunities for fans to watch two games in one day. With 48 games scheduled to be played at night in 2017 fans can enjoy a day/night DH at different ballparks. Check out the list of 2017 Spring Training Night Games to plan your creative double dip.

Essential Ballpark Information Guide
If you're going to a game at any spring training ballpark in 2017, our Brief Ballpark Info Guide will give you an idea of what to expect concerning parking and ticket prices, gate opening times and other nice to know stuff, like ages kids get in free and whether chairs are allowed in lawn seating. All the info and explanations are a quick read and detail the most typical ballpark FAQs for the 2017 spring training season.

Split Squads Explained
How is it possible for a team to play games in two locations on the same day and generally at the same time? The usage of split squads is the answer. Every team has split squad dates during spring training. Why, what that means, and which players are likely to play where is explained in our page detailing Split Squads During Spring Training.

Tips For Getting Autographs
How do you get autographs in Spring Training? Joe Connor answers that question. Read his article, How to Get Autographs During Spring Training, to learn about the three important factors autograph seekers must be aware of in their quest.

Things To Do In Arizona and Florida During Spring Training
Fans of all ages have plenty to experience and see in the Grand Canyon and Sunshine States besides watching their favorite team train in their winter home. Joe Connor details a “starting nine” of sports and recreation things to do when you're not at your favorite team’s ballpark.

A Guide to Attending Spring Training Practice...and Getting Autographs at Them
Proximity to the pros at a price that can't be beat. That sums up the free to attend practice only portion of spring training, during which time autographs are easy to come by and barriers between players and fans are often remarkably minimal. Spring training in February has an ambiance of fan-friendliness that's unmatched in professional sports. To help you bask in it, Graham Knight has compiled a guide with team-by-team listings of where practices are actually held, when you should be there, and the guidelines for getting autographs at them.

Reporting Dates
Before the games begin, players have to report to camp. To see when pitchers and catchers are due to report and first practices are held for your team, visit the 2017 Spring Training Reporting Dates page.

Planning For Spring Training
What do you need to know before you go? Joe Connor helps you answer that question in his article, 5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning Your Spring Training Trip.

To Dine For: Ranking the Ballparks Based on the Food They Offer
In 2009, Peoria and Lakeland topped our list by having the best ballpark concessions fare in their respective leagues. Which other ballparks also did a good job at satisfying appetites? See the rankings and explanations for all 26.


Features Spring Training History
Spring Training Sites of World Series Teams
Shockingly, more teams have advanced to the World Series after training in Cuba than in Sarasota, from which no team has ever embarked on a championship run despite 81 years of trying. To see where the World Series winners have wintered (and the runner-ups too), we've listed the city/states where all 110 Fall Classic participants held their Spring Training camps, breaking the list down into two eras: 1947 to present, and 1903-1946. That split was chosen because 1947 was the first year that teams permanently set up camp in Arizona. Since that groundbreaking spring training, the only states to send their trainees to the World Series are Arizona and Florida; prior to '47 the finalists came from 10 states.


2017 Spring Training Recap


Ballpark in West Palm Beach Spring training returned to West Palm Beach and not a single game was rained out anywhere.

Those were the two biggest headlines of 2017, when spring training ran longer than usual thanks to the World Baseball Classic.

In West Palm Beach, the debut of an almost $150 million complex and ballpark, dubbed the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, got the Astros and Nationals to move from their previous Florida bases to just the second two-team complex ever built in Grapefruit League history. Previously, the well-to-do city hosted spring training games in West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium from 1963 through 1997. The ensuing 20-year hiatus of exhibition baseball in the city's confines ended on February 28, 2017 when the Nationals hosted the Astros in the first game in the new ballpark, where 140,685 tickets were sold for 31 games in its inaugural season.

Prior to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Cubs' Sloan Park in Mesa was the most recent spring training ballpark to open, which it did in 2014, and since then the Cubs have been #1 in all attendance rankings. In 2017 they set the all-time record for full season home attendance (226,933) and per game average (15,129) over the course of their 15-game Cactus League schedule at Sloan Park.

The Cubs were among the teams that hosted special exhibition games against countries participating in the World Baseball Classic. In all, 16 MLB teams played teams representing 10 countries in 19 games at 14 ballparks and attendance at those locales totaled 110,314. The Cubs added a leading 24,966 to their total crowd count at Sloan Park by hosting two of the WBC tune-ups there.

Including all games for which paid admission was collected at ballparks in Arizona and Florida during the 2017 spring training season, there were 3,583,022 tickets sold to the 521 games that were played in 24 venues in the two states. Based on those numbers, the average attendance for a spring training game in 2017 was 6,877.

In the Cactus League, 258 games were played by 15 teams in 11 ballparks. Total attendance was 1,945,887, an average of 7,542 per game. For the second straight year, no games were canceled due to weather, so every game scheduled was played. Among them, two were held at the Diamondbacks' regular season home, Chase Field, and they contributed 23,276 fans to the 2017 Cactus League total, which also included 4,004 from an exhibition game that a college team played against the D-backs.

In the Grapefruit League, 263 games were played by 15 teams in 13 ballparks. Total attendance was 1,637,135, an average of 6,225 per game. For the first time in the 21st century, zero games were rained out. The final tally in Florida included the 20,263 tickets that were sold to watch five Major League squads take on collegiate/non-MLB teams.

If strictly including only games played between the 30 MLB teams at the 23 spring training ballparks, then the combined total of fans to watch those 494 Cactus and Grapefruit League games was 3,425,165, with the per game average crowd for them being 6,934. The Cactus League average was 7,572 (1,847,500 tickets sold to 244 games) and the Grapefruit League average was 6,311 (1,577,665 fans and 250 games).

On the facility front, while West Palm Beach was the only city to open a new ballpark, substantial renovations to the stadiums in Lakeland and Tampa made them look and feel a lot newer in 2017. Meanwhile, in Arizona a multi-year renovation to the Peoria Sports Complex was finally finished (mostly, anyway) to ensure that it won't meet the fate of Osceola County Stadium and Space Coast Stadium anytime soon. Those were the stadiums in the cities that the Astros (Kissimmee) and Nationals (Viera) left behind upon their joint relocation to West Palm Beach.

2017 Attendance Rankings


(home games only, ranked by per game average)
Grapefruit League City Average Total
1.  Red Sox
2.  Yankees
3.  Tigers
4.  Orioles
5.  Phillies
6.  Twins
7.  Braves
8.  Pirates
9.  Mets
10. Cardinals
11. Nationals
12. Blue Jays
13. Rays
14. Astros
15. Marlins
Fort Myers
Tampa
Lakeland
Sarasota
Clearwater
Fort Myers
Orlando
Bradenton
Port St. Lucie
Jupiter
W Palm Beach
Dunedin
Port Charlotte
W Palm Beach
Jupiter
9,680
9,179
7,261
7,043
6,903
6,774
6,696
6,139
5,742
5,645
5,300
4,698
4,542
3,725
3,442
183,928
156,048
130,696
119,736
131,160
121,927
120,531
110,495
103,351
90,318
84,804
84,559
81,752
55,881
61,949
Cactus League City Average Total
1.  Cubs
2.  Giants
3.  Diamondbacks
4.  Dodgers
5.  Rockies
6.  Mariners
7.  Angels
8.  Indians
9.  Royals
10. A's
11. Rangers
12. Padres
13. White Sox
14. Brewers
15. Reds
Mesa
Scottsdale
Scottsdale
Glendale
Scottsdale
Peoria
Tempe
Goodyear
Surprise
Mesa
Surprise
Peoria
Glendale
Phoenix
Goodyear
14,818
10,140
10,049
9,217
8,999
7,522
6,752
6,345
6,155
6,012
5,820
5,426
5,394
5,018
4,285
251,899
182,518
180,887
165,911
152,985
135,401
114,780
101,517
98,487
102,212
98,934
92,245
91,698
80,285
72,852

2017 Grapefruit League Standings


  W L  T GB
Yankees 24  8  1  -
Cardinals 20  8  4  2
Pirates 19 11  1  4
Red Sox 18 14  3  6
Twins 16 13  3
Orioles 16 14  3  7
Astros 14 14  3  8
Mets 15 17  3  9
Phillies 14 17  5
Marlins 13 17  5 10
Nationals 13 17  4 10
Rays 12 16  5 10
Tigers 14 21  2 11½
Blue Jays 11 18  2 11½
Braves  8 22  2 15

2017 Cactus League Standings


  W L  T GB
Angels 19 13    -
Mariners 19 14  3 ½
Royals 17 13  2  1
A's 16 15  
Rockies 16 15  2
White Sox 16 15  2
Indians 16 15  3
Dodgers 17 16  1
Giants 16 16    3
D-backs 15 15  2  3
Reds 16 17  1
Brewers 15 16  1
Rangers 14 15  3
Cubs 10 17  5
Padres 11 21  1  8


"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
- Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby

"It's the fans that need spring training. You gotta get 'em interested. Wake 'em up and let 'em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.”
- Harry Caray


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