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Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland

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Joker Marchant Stadium is a baseball field located in Lakeland, Florida. The stadium, opened in 1966, was renovated in 2003, holds 8,500 people, and was named after local resident and former Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director Marcus "Joker" Marchant. It is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, as well as the regular season home for the minor league affiliates Lakeland Flying Tigers and Gulf Coast Tigers. On March 15, 2011, the largest crowd in the stadium's history (10,307 people) watched a spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.ExpansionsThe stadium's capacity was originally 4,900 in 1966 when it opened. In 1988, a bleacher section was added down the left field line, increasing seating capacity to 7,027. In 2003, Joker Marchant Stadium was renovated. The State of Florida's $4.5 million grant was the biggest financing chuck, while the Polk County Tourist Development Council chipped in $2 million. The remainder of the renovation's cost was paid for by the Tigers and City of Lakeland, increasing capacity to its present figure of 8,500.In October 2014 the Lakeland City Commission announced that as part of a new agreement with the Detroit Tigers a $37 million renovation and upgrade of the 50-year-old stadium will commence starting in April 2016 following the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Spring Training. Funding will be provided in part by the Detroit Tigers, the City of Lakeland and Polk County. Two construction firms Barton Malow of Southfield, Michigan and Rodda Construction of Lakeland were chosen by the City Commission to oversee the project. The Detroit Tigers High Class 'A' Minor League club the Lakeland Flying Tigers part of the Florida State League will play for the duration of their season at Henley Field which is located 1½ miles from Joker Marchant Stadium.
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  • We love the Tigers and for our first out of state trip was to Florida for spring training. We go to Comerica every year at least twice a year and we knew we had to see the Tigers in FL. So glad we did...  more »
  • We have been going to Tiger games for a few years. This renovation is amazing. Much more with protected seating, bigger store but still not big enough, more food on both sides and you can walk all aro...  more »
  • Excellent in every aspect...parking, parking attendants, security, ticket sales, vendors and the stadium. To bad the Tigers lost 11-1.  more »
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  • Gonna look nice after we finish building it!
  • One of the best Single A baseball stadiums in Florida. Tickets for the Lakeland Flying Tigers are very reasonable and can make a great family outing.
  • Taking in 8 spring training games at Joker Marchant was as good a vaca as it could get!
  • We've been to Joker Merchant several times for spring training games and have always had a wonderful time!
  • Watched a Detroit Tiger's spring training game. Awesome experience. Got a little sunburned, but the whole experience was great!