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Bright House Field
Spring Training home of the Phillies since 2004
601 North Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
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Bright House Field sits alongside a stretch of US Highway 19 that is renowned for its congestion. The ballpark is right next to the highway. You can't miss it.
Directions From Tampa and I-275 (aka the scenic route):
Travel West on Route 60 (Gulf to Bay Blvd) all the way to Old Coachman Road. Turn right and the ballpark is a short drive ahead on the right.
From the North or South:
Take US 19 to Drew Street. Travel West to Old Coachman Road and turn right. The ballpark is just ahead on your right.
The small paved lots on both sides of the ballpark fill up fast and generally aren't available to the public anyway. For example, the lot on the first base side is only for suite holders and those with handicapped permits. So the likely destination for most people is the grass field across the street, which is a part of the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex. Nearby is the Clearwater campus of St. Petersburg College and game day parking is available in its commuter lot. Two lesser known and utilized parking options can be found at the team's minor league complex and NE Coachman Park. The minor league complex is next door to Bright House Field, the city park is a 0.3 mile walk away from the minor league complex.
Cost: $10 (stadium/complex/college) or $5 at NE Coachman Park (where all spaces are shaded by trees)
Bright House Field raised the bar for ballpark standards in the Grapefruit League. It has many features that are commonplace at ballparks in Arizona, but were previously foreign to those in Florida. The concourse completely wraps around the stadium and is open to the playing field. The berm encompasses most of the outfield, not just one side. The bullpens are cut into the berm, literally putting fans on top of the relievers. The extremely popular Frenchy's Tiki Pavilion, a full service bar, is between the bullpens and left field foul pole. Picnic table seating is available on a terrace, an area for kids is behind it, and there's even a small upper deck with club level seating. This ballpark has it all, including an attractive Spanish Mediterranean exterior and a fountain plaza landscaped with palm trees. The stadium is named after Bright House Networks, the locally dominant cable television company that paid $1.7 million for the first 10 years of naming rights. The ballpark was called Bright House Networks Field for its first five spring trainings before its name was officially shortened to Bright House Field, which will continue to be the name through 2018 thanks to a five-year renewal option that was exercised.
Fast Facts Most fans enter the ballpark on its third base side, which was designed to be the main entry point and is officially dubbed the West Gate. There is also an entrance gate behind first base, known as the South Gate. Both gates are accessed via a flight of stairs. Those who need an elevator to avoid the otherwise necessary stair climbing can find it at the South Gate.
Ticket windows can be found adjacent to each gate but the majority of them are to the left of the West Gate.
Will Call tickets can be picked up at any ticket window.
The concourse completely encircles and is open to the playing field. In modern parlance, it's a 360-degree open concourse.
A Kids Zone is tucked into the corner of the concourse down the left field line.
The bullpens are stacked on top of one another and cut into the left-center field berm. The visiting team bullpen is behind the outfield wall. The Phillies' bullpen is behind the visitor's.
The stadium's main scoreboard is in left-center field. It has a video panel and a display that alternates between the time and temperature. A small scoreboard is attached to the facade of the first base grandstand for fans in the berm to view.
Hooters provides two ball girls for each game. The original Hooters restaurant, which opened in 1983, is just 1.5 miles from the ballpark.
Two souvenir shops can be found in the ballpark and one outside of it. The well-stocked Diamond Outfitters store serves as the main Phillies souvenir shop and is located next to the West Gate, outside of which a souvenir trailer has been set up. A small storefront is close to the South Gate.
Practice Fields On game days, the Phillies do most of their pre-game work inside of the stadium. Activity from guys on the big league roster on the fields near the stadium is generally limited to batting practice taken by the players on the 40-man roster who are unlikely to make the team.
The Phillies' minor league facility, known as the Carpenter Complex, is directly behind left field. A wooden sign on the outfield concourse that lists the distances to each of the Phillies' minor league affiliates touts the complex as being just 200 yards away and it is indeed so close that fans can see into it from the Bright House Field concourse.
There are four practice fields within the Carpenter Complex and each one is named for a Phillies legend and Hall of Famer, specifically Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts and Mike Schmidt.
During their spring training practice time, Phillies minor leaguers also make use of the two full-sized baseball fields within the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, which is where the majority of fans park. Found on the other side of Old Coachman Road from Bright House Field, the DiMaggio complex also contains a football and soccer field.
A half-field and pitching mounds are adjacent to the West Gate entry plaza, from which any practicing in the area can be overlooked.
Types of Seating Stadium seats: 7,000
All seats in the grandstand have chair backs and armrests. A large berm extends from left-center field to near the right field foul pole.
Notes about the seating The Phillies dugout is on the third base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 112-120.
All seats are painted blue, include cup holders and those down the outfield lines are angled towards the playing field.
Easily accessible handicapped seating platforms have been built atop sections 101, 103-104, 108-115, 120.
The backstop that stands behind home plate extends from sections 109-113 and was designed to be minimally obstructive.
The stadium has loads of great standing room viewpoints available from its 360-degree concourse and berm.
Ushers are restrictive and check tickets for admission into their sections beginning 45 minutes before game time.
Sections and rows Rows for stadium sections range as follows:
1 to 19 in section 101; 1 to 23 in section 102; 1 to 19 in sections 103-104; 5 to 22 in section 105; 5 to 23 in sections 106-107; 1 to 17 in sections 108-109; 1 to 21 in sections 110-112; 1 to 17 in sections 113-114; 5 to 19 in section 115; 5 to 23 in sections 116-117; 1 to 23 in sections 118-119; 1 to 19 in section 120; 1 to 4 in sections 201-203.
There are three sections (P1-P3) of metal picnic table terrace seating down the left field line. P1 has four tiers of tables; P2 and P3 have two tiers.
Tickets Sections 101-102 are sold as Baseline.
Sections 103-107 and 115-120 are sold as Field Box.
Sections 108-114 are sold as Premium Box.
Sections 201-203 are sold as Club.
Space on the outfield lawn is sold as Berm.
Children ages 4 & under are admitted free of charge but are not assigned their own seat so they must sit in an adult's lap in the grandstand or wherever there’s space in the berm.
Seats to avoid
In the whole stadium, there are exactly 20. They're all in section 103 and row 1, where seats 5-24 are behind the tarp, which is about a foot taller than the retaining wall in front of the seats. Even at normal adult male height, you can't see the right field line in front of you because of the tarp obstruction. For women and children the view would be much worse, so most of the front row seats in section 103 are definitely not good. However, seats 1-4 in that row are okay, since the tarp doesn't extend down to them.
Seats under cover and in the shade
The second deck overhangs rows 18 & up in sections 108-112 and rows 19 & up in sections 105-107. The handicapped seating platforms at the top of sections 108-112 are also covered by the overhang. All open-air club and suite seats (200-level) have a roof over them. At the beginning of the game the sun will be above the first base side of the grandstand, a position that enables rows 13 & up in sections 104-110 and rows 15 & up in sections 111-112 to be shaded.
Padded seats comprise all of the seating in the stadium's second deck, where three sections of Club seats and nine suites reside. Five tiers of drink rail seating on the left field Tiki Pavilion that used to be available on a first-come, first-serve basis are now sold as Tiki Terrace. The Tiki Bar itself has seating for 75 people and its chairs still fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fans in the Hooters VIP Diamond Dugout, which is next to the Phillies' dugout, enjoy all you can eat ballpark food, complimentary programs and wait service provided by two Hooters girls.
Gates open 2½ hours before game time, which is about midway through Phillies batting practice. So based on the usual time that games start -- at 1:05 p.m. -- the exact gate opening time for them is 10:35 a.m.
Food, drink and bag policy Neither food or drink can be brought into the stadium. Bottled water is banned by that policy too, although you can bring an empty plastic water bottle into the ballpark.
Bags are allowed up to a maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8".
Phillies players sign en masse before the game for fans gathered down the left field line in sections 118-120. The half-hour before the game starts is the best time to be at the bottom of those three sections, although a sign at the top of them pronounces that the "autograph area must be clear by 12:20" and ushers stationed there more often than not enforce that policy by preventing non-ticket holders from entering, with small kids usually being allowable exceptions. Everyone else has to be more creative in getting down to the semi-official autograph area after 12:20. Cruising by a distracted usher or walking over from an adjacent section are the creative options. Postgame autographs are more scarce and the best place to be is at the edge of the third base grandstand, where a Phillies player or two will sign for fans on their way to their clubhouse in the left field corner. The tunnel to the visitors' clubhouse is in their dugout. Any autograph opportunities will occur near it in section 104.
Outside the ballpark, there's one more spot Phillies fans can try for autographs following the game. Those willing to linger at the black wrought iron fence at the player parking lot will occasionally be rewarded, as players have to walk by fans waiting there to get the keys to their car from the valet station in the players' lot, which is on the third base side of the ballpark, from which the Phillies exit their clubhouse through a door near the half-field. There will usually be a small crowd waiting with things to sign at the fence, and the area where fans stand and wait is a pretty short walk from the stadium's main (West) gate.
Finally, it must be mentioned that a great place to get autographs -- before, after, and sometimes during the game -- is the Picnic Terrace along the left field line, but it's restricted to "properly ticketed guests only" and the all picnic table seating there is sold to groups only. That's unfortunate for most people, as the four tiers of picnic tables in what's referred to as section P1 are the best place in Bright House Field to get home team autographs, as that section extends down next to the field level area on the warning track that Phillies players use to enter and exit their clubhouse. So if you're going with a group, check into the Picnic Terrace if getting autographs appeals to anybody in it, and remember "P1" is the autograph heaven section in the stadium.
Phillies Spring Training Autographs
A photo gallery of where to get them
Unique ballpark fare
It wouldn't be a Phillies game without a cheesesteak and they are always available in the food court behind home plate. Younger fans are catered to in left field, where the Short Stop Snacks stand serves up kids meals at kid-friendly prices. For the 21 & up crowd, the third base concourse's Beers of the World sells over 75 types of bottled beer plus had eight beers on tap in 2013 (Blue Moon Belgian White, Cigar City Jai Alai IPA, Leinie's Summer Shandy, Shock Top, Sweetwater 420, Yuengling Bock, Victory Brewing's HopDevil and Headwaters ales). Bud, Bud Light and Philly fav Yuengling can be found on draft throughout the ballpark, as can Coca-Cola.
2014 Phillies Spring Training Schedule
(only home games at Bright House Field are listed)
* Single game tickets went on sale Thursday, January 9. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
See the full 2014 Phillies Spring Training schedule
Ballpark Area Info
Bright House Field is among a Mecca of commercial development...and clutter. No matter which direction you're coming from you're likely to get stuck in traffic, especially leaving the ballpark. Fittingly, given the commercialism of US Hwy 19, a Buffalo Wild Wings, LA Fitness and Floor & Decor all share the stadium's paved South side parking lot, from which the first base entrance gate is accessed. Fans can wait out the post-game traffic at Buffalo Wild Wings or just remain inside the stadium, where the Frenchy's Tiki Pavilion stays open for a good while after the game, sometimes with entertainment (a band or DJ) to boot.
Travelers' notes The closest Interstate, I-275, is about 10 miles away.
The stadium is in a much safer area of Clearwater than its predecessor, Jack Russell Stadium, was. The longtime (1955-2003) old winter home of the Phillies, Jack Russell Stadium was mostly torn down in 2007, although the field is still there and gets used for youth and amateur games. For those who wish to see what's left of the place, its address in Clearwater is 800 Phillies Drive, which is about a 4-mile drive from Bright House Field.
The world's largest hotel brand has 6 locations within 20 miles of Bright House Field.
Hotels close to Bright House Field
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|Distance ||Hotel ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.35 miles ||La Quinta Inn-Central ||21338 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-799-1565
|0.45 ||Buena Vista Hotel ||21252 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-799-1569
|0.6 ||Hampton Inn ||21030 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-797-8173
|0.6 ||Clearwater Grand Hotel ||20967 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-799-1181
|0.7 ||Economy Inn ||20788 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-797-2600
|0.7 ||Super 8 ||22950 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-799-2678
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Restaurants close to Bright House Field
|Distance ||Restaurant ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.1 miles ||Buffalo Wild Wings ||21688 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-723-9100
|0.2 ||Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery ||2571 Drew St ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-724-6177
|0.25 ||Don Pancho Villa ||2551 Drew St ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-799-0253
|0.45 ||Brookell's Deli ||22097 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-726-3662
|0.45 ||Lenny's Restaurant ||21220 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-799-0402
|0.75 ||IHOP ||22996 US Hwy 19 N ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-725-8821
|0.75 ||Chick-Fil-A ||2516 Gulf to Bay Blvd ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-723-1992
|0.75 ||Oriental Super Buffet ||2456 Gulf to Bay Blvd ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-725-2083
|0.8 ||Azara's Italian Restaurant ||768 N Belcher Rd ||Clearwater, FL 33765 ||727-441-1644
|0.8 ||Perkins ||2626 Gulf to Bay Blvd ||Clearwater, FL 33759 ||727-799-2019
|0.8 ||Panera Bread ||2679 Gulf to Bay Blvd ||Clearwater, FL 33759 ||727-723-9495
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Airports close to Bright House Field
|Distance ||Airport ||Airport Code
| 5.2 miles ||St. Petersburg-Clearwater International ||PIE
|12.0 ||Tampa International ||TPA
|42.2 ||Sarasota Bradenton International ||SRQ
|91.4 ||Orlando International ||MCO
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