Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland

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Publix Field at 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 played for the duration of their season at Henley Field which is located 1½ miles from Joker Marchant Stadium.
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  • This is one of the highlights in the area. The stadium is state of the art and well worth the time it takes to see baseball at its best. The stadium is one of the best in the spring training circuit. ...  more »
  • We come to Lakeland in Feb/Mar to watch the Tigers in spring practice and in the spring games. We also like being in Lakeland with all the lakes and other things. We love to go to Plant City for short...  more »
  • Enjoy watching a Baseball game in a1st class stadium, or any number of other activities that the facility is used. This is a wonderful facility full of family fun  more »
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  • This place is fantastic. I've been going to games here for the last 20 years and you can see such a dramatic change. Now they have so many different types of events to draw people in. The all-you-can-eat night, dollar night, special event nights for kids sometimes, free giveaways and other fun activities or specials. In March you start off with the Detroit tigers for their spring training. You get all the thrill of Major League Baseball. Prices are a little higher than they would be for the minor league of course but still look good value if you want to enjoy a major league game. Once the Detroit Tigers are finished with spring training then the Lakeland Flying Tigers which is one of the Detroit Tigers minor league teams takes over and play their entire home schedule here at Publix field at Joker Marchant Stadium. And you can be watching the the stars of tomorrow.!
  • Very clean. Lots of parking space. Great place for families.
  • I love this place. Great seats. Good snacks and staff is professional and fun. Clean restrooms.
  • First time there, I loved it! What a great venue.
  • Just voted best ballpark by a national poll and for good reason. Completely remodeled and updated for the Detroit Tigers minor league team the Flying Tigers. Great place to watch a game with the whole family in a comfortable setting at a reasonable price. The team there jas lots of inter-game activities for the kids and audiences entertainment. Very family oriented and friendly environment.

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