Baseball’s Spring Training is winding down and the start of the new season is just two weeks away. For New York area sports fans that want a break from the never ending frigid temperatures, there’s still time to check out both the Mets and Yankees in Florida.
The Yankees call the cozy confines of George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa home during the pre-season. The stadium seats just over 11,000 people and gives Yankee fans the opportunity to be up close to the action on the field.
Remaining Yankees Spring Training home games include:
- March 18 Boston 1:05PM
- March 21 Pittsburgh 7:05PM
- March 23 Toronto 1:05PM
- March 25 Philadelphia 7:05PM
- March 28 Miami 7:05PM
- March 29 Miami 1:05PM
Tickets range in price from $15 to $29.
The stadium is a short ten minute ride from downtown Tampa and the area’s various attractions. Other teams that train within 25 miles of the Yankees include the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.
The Yankees head north following their game with Miami on March 29th. They begin the regular season on Tuesday, April 1st versus the Astros in Houston.
Over on the East coast of Florida is the Mets’ Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie. Tradition Field is the home of the Mets’ Class A affiliate, the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League. It is also where the parent club works out during the pre-season.
The stadium seats 7,000, but also has a grassy area behind the outfield where fans can picnic and watch the game.
The Mets have five more home games at Tradition Field before heading north. The schedule features:
- March 18 Detroit 1:10PM
- March 20 Atlanta 1:10PM
- March 23 Washington 1:10PM
- March 24 St. Louis 1:10PM
- March 27 Washington 12:10PM
The most expensive ticket is $20.00 while tickets for the picnic area are just $10.00.
Unlike Tampa, Port St. Lucie is a rather sleepy city with no particular nightlife or cultural attractions. It is approximately one hour north of West Palm Beach and at least a half hour ride to the next closest Spring Training complex. That is in Jupiter, where both the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins share a facility.