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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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  • I first saw and played in Joker Marchant in the fall of 1982, and have loved that iconic baseball stadium ever since! Home of the Detroit Tigers spring training and the Lakeland Flying Tigers minor le...  more »
  • This ball park was already great, now it is even better. New shade coverage, food stands, party decks and a huge scoreboard. This ball park is a must stop on your visit. Whether it's for spring traini...  more »
  • Detroit Tigers Spring camp home stadium. Their Open Championship here. Now for the next camp being renovated. Audience seems to be increasing the number of parking, such as because there is concern.
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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!