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CoolToday Park


Spring Training home of the Braves since 2019

Ballpark address:
18800 West Villages Parkway
Venice, FL   34293

Opened: 2019
Capacity: 8,200

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CoolToday Park

Location
The Braves' spring training facility is in the master-planned West Villages community, which is in the very southern limits of Sarasota County. The ballpark has a Venice address but is actually within the city limits of North Port, which annexed the land but wasn't granted a new zip code for it, thus ensuring (for now) that CoolToday Park has an address in Venice even though it was built in North Port.

Directions
From I-75 take exit 191 (River Rd). Go south on River Road for 3.9 miles then turn right onto West Villages Parkway. After 0.9 miles cross over Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41) to continue on West Villages Pky for another mile and the ballpark will be on the left.

Parking
Lots are exclusively on the first base side of the stadium. A paved lot is adjacent to the stadium and grass field parking begins beyond it.
 Cost: $10


Stadium Information
After 22 seasons the Braves left America's playground for a live, work and play development that was dreamed up 136 miles southwest of Disney, where $140 million transformed a former brushfield within the "West Villages" community into a spring training destination the Braves can call home for at least 30 years, which is the length of their lease for the 90-acre baseball complex. The centerpiece structure within the complex has an attractive, team-themed exterior, as CoolToday Park sports a red, white and blue facade accented by large murals of former star players, while the plaza that fronts the place is noticeably dotted with the 11 numbers retired by the Braves. The interior of the venue contains all the amenities needed to make it state-of-the-art, while a provider of a very needed necessity in Florida is responsible for the ballpark's name, as Sarasota-based air conditioning company CoolToday paid to put their brand on the Braves' winter home, which hosted just a single spring training game in its debut year (2019), for its first 20 years.

Fast Facts

  • Fans can enter the ballpark through three public gates. Gate 1 is on the first base side of home plate, Gate 2 is on the third base side of home plate, and Gate 3 is down the left field line.
  • The box office is found to the immediate left of Gate 2 and has six ticket windows. Will Call, Pass List and game day ticket sales all have dedicated windows at the box office.
  • The main concourse allows fans to completely walk around the field. It's above the lower level seating bowl and generally provides unobstructed views of the field it encircles. Some of the concourse is covered -- all of it within the infield, which is beneath the upper level, and the portion under the Pavilion grandstand in right-center field.
  • The Braves' bullpen is in right-center field, where it's underneath the Pavilion grandstand. Fans are able to look down into the Braves bullpen from the outfield concourse, so it's accessible to everybody who wants to take a look. The visiting team's bullpen is much more restrictive in its left-center field location, as the ticketed Budweiser Bench section overlooks it, although one end of the visitors' bullpen abuts the berm, allowing for a small observation spot from the grass.
  • The main scoreboard is in left-center field, where it's placed behind (and elevated above) the Budweiser Bench section. The scoreboard is very big -- 80' wide and 40' tall -- and the entire display is capable of showing high-definition video. Additionally, mini scoreboards run the length of the upper level's first and third base side facades, with each showing current batter, pitcher and game information.
  • A two-level Braves merchandise shop, simply called Team Store, is behind section 112, giving it a directly behind home plate location.

    Practice Fields

  • The Braves use two full-sized fields close to CoolToday Park for some of their pre-game practice. Those fields are found beyond right field of the stadium, with the organization's clubhouses and agility fields placed between the two practice fields and stadium.
  • Braves minor league players practice and play on four full-sized fields that are adjacent to the main parking lot. The four fields in the minor league complex, which fans can enter, are arranged in a cloverleaf formation.

    Types of Seating
    CoolToday Park seating diagram There are 6,200 fixed seats, which have chair backs and armrests. Lawn seating is in left field, and a ticketed drink rail section is found on each side of the berm.

  • Stadium seats: Sections 101-121 plus 124 and 201-207.
  • Drink rail seats: 227 total, split between the 123 seats in the Left Field Lounge (section 122) and the 104 seats in the Budweiser Bench section (123).
  • Bleachers: none
  • Berm: The hill in left field can hold up to 1,000 people on its gently-sloping grass.

    Notes about the seating

  • The Braves dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 101-112 or 201-203.
  • All stadium seats have cup holders.
  • Handicap accessible seating is available at the top of these sections: 102, 106, 109, 115, 118, 120, 201, 206, 207. Accessible seats and spaces are always in row 15 in the lower (100) level and alongside row 6 in the upper (200) level.
  • Protective netting spans the full width of sections 107-117 (as of 2019).
  • The bases on the field line up with near the far (outfield) ends of section 108 (1st base) and section 116 (3rd base).
  • The tarp is stored on the field in front of section 120, where it causes no real sightline issues as front row seats in that section are not quite at field level.
  • Space to stand and watch the game is available to all fans along the lower level concourse, with standing room most generously found in the outfield.
  • Fans are able to move freely around the main level of the ballpark, but access to the upper level requires having a Terrace ticket.

    Sections and rows

  • Rows for sections in the stadium's lower grandstand range as follows:
    1 to 14 in sections 101-106; 5 to 14 in sections 107-109; 4 to 14 in section 110; A then 1 to 14 in sections 111-113; 4 to 14 in section 114; 5 to 14 in sections 115-117; 1 to 14 in sections 118-121
  • Rows for sections in the stadium's upper grandstand range as follows:
    1 to 6 in section 201; 1 to 5 in sections 202-206; 1 to 6 in section 207
  • Rows for sections with drink rail seating range as follows:
    1 to 9 in section 122 (Left Field Lounge); 1 to 4 in section 123 (Budweiser Bench)
  • Rows for the general admission section in the outfield range as follows:
    1 to 10 in section 124 (SunTrust Pavilion)

    Tickets

  • Sections 101-106 and 118-121 are sold as Baseline.
  • Sections 107-109 and 115-117 are sold as Dugout.
  • Sections 110-114 are sold as Homeplate.
  • Sections 201-207 are sold as Terrace.
  • Space on the outfield grass is sold as Coca-Cola Corner Berm.
  • Section 123 is sold as Budweiser Bench, which are drink rail seats.
  • Section 124 is sold as SunTrust Pavilion, which is general admission stadium seating.
  • Children under the age of 3 do not require a ticket providing they do not require a seat.

    Seats to avoid
    You'll find good sightlines throughout, so there's no sections to avoid based on bad views or obstructions. However, section 124 is pretty far away. Furthermore, it's elevated above the concourse, making it pretty high up. So keep section 124 in mind if you want to avoid outfield-based seating that can feel distant. And note that section 124 is unreserved general admission seating, so you're only guaranteed a seat but not a particular one in what's also sold as SunTrust Pavilion or Bleacher (even though all seats are of the modern stadium-style variety).

    Seats in the shade
    The first base side of the stadium gets more shade, while eight "Baseline" sections are always sun-soaked. In the upper (Terrace) level there are 614 seats and all of them are shielded from the sun. Those with general admission tickets for the right-center field-based (and mostly sunny) SunTrust Pavilion, which is also listed as section 124, need to arrive early to secure a seat in its sun-free top two rows (9 & 10), which are shaded thanks to the cantilevered roof above them.

    To be as specific as possible, here's which seats should be shaded for the duration of a day game:
    Section 106: Rows 5-14
    Sections 107-110: All rows
    Section 111: Rows 4-14
    Section 112: Rows 6-14
    Sections 113-115: Rows 10-14
    Sections 116-118: Rows 9-14
    Section 124: Rows 9-10
    Sections 201-207: All rows

    Conversely, all of sections 101-105 and 119-121 are always in the sun and thus have no shaded seats in them.

    But if it's all-game shade you seek, seek out seats in sections 107-110 and 201-207, as those 11 sections are completely shaded. Then note the rows listed above for sections 106 and 111-118, where all-game shade can be found where cited.

    VIP seating
    Two traditional suites, one on each side of the press box, are found on the upper level. However, they aren't publicly available and thus rentable. The three concourse-level suites behind home plate are local business-controlled. Those semi-private and open-air suites are prominently placed on the main concourse, directly behind the last row of seats in sections 111-113. The one suite that can be rented is a big field-level one and it's specifically found in right field, where there are seats for 90 people within the 4,400-square-foot space, dubbed the Centauri Insurance Field Suite, from which the game is watched through the right field fence, making the large group area a copycat of the Below the Chop spot found at Atlanta's Truist Park, since both offer a novel ground level view from just beyond the warning track. Out in the open group spaces containing drink rail seating are found down the left field line (9 rows in the Left Field Lounge) and in left-center field (4 levels in the Budweiser Bench, which is based beneath the scoreboard). A total of 49 semi-circular tables, each with four chairs, are situated along the concourse, spanning from the left field line to right field, where 13 of the tables are found adjacent to the foul pole on the Right Field Patio. The upper level has seven sections of Terrace seating, with perks for those ticketholders being access to a pair of air-conditioned lounges and open-air patios. You must have a Terrace ticket to get into the stadium's upper level.


    Game Day
    Gates open 2 hours before game time.

    Food, drink, bag and other stadium policies

  • One sealed plastic water bottle per fan can be brought inside, otherwise outside food and beverages are banned.
  • Bags and purses have a size limit of 16" x 16" x 8" and those not exceeding those dimensions are allowed, following inspection.
  • No personal lawn chairs are allowed.
  • The following items are prohibited: bats, hard-sided coolers, umbrellas and weapons.
  • Re-entry is not permitted.

    Unique ballpark fare
    There are seven specialty concession stand brands scattered throughout the stadium, although the upper deck is where two of them are found. Those that are accessible to all fans along the lower level concourse are Dawgs N Burgers, Fish Camp, Salsa Supreme, Sausage Shack and The Chicken Coop. The restricted access pair on the Terrace level are the Braves Smokehouse BBQ and Greenfields, which is the vegetarian-friendly outpost in the joint with a menu featuring a veggie hummus wrap and "build your own salad" entrée. Creative cuisine choices found elsewhere include the bologna sandwich (Smokehouse BBQ), sweet Georgia smoked chicken sandwich (The Chicken Coop), shrimp tackle box with hushpuppies (Fish Camp), and kitchen sink nachos (Salsa Supreme). Realistically, day drinkers have it better than foodies here thanks to a bevy of bar beverage options found most prominently at two locations on the stadium's third base side, where the Craft Beer Bar (behind section 115) offers up a dozen drafts, with many of them local IPAs, while the popular Tomahawk Tiki Bar (well back of section 122) sells mixed drinks and beer in a festive environment. All soft drinks sold on-site are choices provided by Atlanta's very own Coca-Cola Company.



    2020 Braves Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at CoolToday Park are listed)
     February/March
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
                22
    Orioles
    1:05
    Tickets
    23
    Tigers
    1:05
    Tickets
    24 25
    Twins
    1:05
    Tickets
    26 27
    Cardinals
    1:05
    Tickets
    28
    Yankees
    1:05
    Tickets
    29
    1 2
    Phillies
    6:05
    Tickets
    3
    Rays
    1:05
    Tickets
    4 5 6
    Red Sox
    1:05
    Tickets
    7
    Rays
    1:05
    Tickets
    8 9
    Red Sox
    6:05
    Tickets
    10
    Astros
    1:05
    Tickets
    11 12 13
    Mets
    1:05
    Tickets
    14
    Orioles
    6:05
    Tickets
    15 16 17
    Twins
    1:05
    Tickets
    18 19 20 21
    Pirates
    6:05
    Tickets
    22
    Blue Jays
    1:05
    Tickets
    23
    Red Sox
    1:05
    Tickets
             

    * Single game tickets went on sale Tuesday, November 19. Links in calendar are to TicketNetwork inventory.
    See the full 2020 Braves Spring Training schedule


    Ballpark Area Info
    CoolToday Park is within the West Villages, an approximately 15,000 acre development that will take a couple more decades to reach buildout, which will include over 20,000 homes and some three million square feet of commercial space spread across the multiple neighborhoods in the master-planned community. Simply farmland prior to 2014, West Villages is located between the city centers of North Port and Venice and the Braves' spring training complex was its first major non-residential project completed upon opening in 2019. The community's first retail center, the Publix grocery store-anchored Marketplace, opened later that same year and is a mere mile from the Braves' ballpark. Also about a mile away is the one place that's been in the area for years, as the State College of Florida's 100-acre Venice campus (est. 1985) is set off in the woods between CoolToday Park and the Marketplace. The ballpark, shopping center and college are all a very short distance from the region's major highway, US 41 (Tamiami Trail), which connects Tampa to Miami by going through every sizable city, North Port and Venice included, along the way.

    Travelers' notes

  • The closest Interstate (I-75) is 6 miles away.
  • There are a few RV parks nearby. Meadows RV Park, Ramblers Rest RV Resort and Myakka RV Resort are all within 3.5 miles of CoolToday Park.
  • Serenity can be found, and abounds, at Jelks Preserve, a 603.7 acre nature preserve that's entered 4.7 miles from the stadium. The preserve has flat-ground hiking trails that take visitors through its "old Florida" habitats, where native wildlife and plants thrive, and provide a few overlooks of the Myakka River. Usually, just a few folks are enjoying nature at the peaceful but no facilities (meaning no bathrooms or water fountains) park, so the Jelks Preserve is an uncrowded place to get away from it all.

    Nearby Hotels

    Hotels close to CoolToday Park

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    Distance Hotel Street Address City/Zip Phone
    6.5 miles Americas Best Value Inn 14000 Tamiami Trl North Port, FL 34287 941-426-4602
    8.6 Fairfield Inn 2935 Executive Dr Venice, FL 34292 941-488-4343
    9.9 Ramada 425 US 41 Bypass N Venice, FL 34285 941-315-8474
    10.5 Motel 6 2540 S McCall Rd Englewood, FL 34224 941-474-5544
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    Nearby Restaurants

    Restaurants close to CoolToday Park

    Distance Restaurant Street Address City/Zip Phone
    3.1 miles Myakka River Oyster Bar 121 Playmore Dr Venice, FL 34293 941-423-9616
    5.1 La Rocca Italian 12500 S Tamiami Trl North Port, FL 34287 941-423-9211
    5.7 Hungry Howie's Pizza 13201 S Tamiami Trl North Port, FL 34287 941-426-0995
    5.8 Outback Steakhouse 4220 S Tamiami Trl Venice, FL 34293 941-497-2700
    6.0 Snook Haven 5000 E Venice Ave Venice, FL 34292 941-485-7221
    6.2 Jim O'Hara's Cafe 3974 S Tamiami Trl Venice, FL 34293 941-493-1413
    6.5 Family Table Restaurant 14132 Tamiami Trl North Port, FL 34287 941-423-0473
    6.9 Olde World Restaurant 14415 Tamiami Trl North Port, FL 34287 941-426-1155
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    Nearby Airports

    Airports close to CoolToday Park

    Distance Airport Airport Code
    35.5 miles Sarasota Bradenton International SRQ
    71.3 Southwest Florida International (Fort Myers) RSW
    75.9 St. Pete-Clearwater International PIE
    84.5 Tampa International TPA

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