Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota

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Ed Smith Stadium is a baseball field located in Sarasota, Florida. The stadium was built in 1989 to replace Payne Park as a Spring Training and Minor League Baseball site. In 2010, the Baltimore Orioles began playing spring games at the ballpark.HistoryEd Smith Stadium was formerly the spring home of the Chicago White Sox (1989–1997) and the Baltimore Orioles (1991). In 1998, it replaced Plant City Stadium as the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds remained at the facility through 2008. After Cincinnati's club moved its spring activities to Arizona, Ed Smith Stadium spent a year without major league Spring Training.The Orioles became the stadium's tenant and operator in 2010. Baltimore had trained in Sarasota before—at Twin Lakes Park in 1989 and 1990, as well as at Ed Smith in 1991—before moving to St. Petersburg and then Ft. Lauderdale for spring games.From 1989 to 2009, the stadium hosted a series of Minor League Baseball teams, the Single-A Sarasota White Sox, Sarasota Red Sox, and Sarasota Reds. From 2004 until 2009, it housed the Gulf Coast League's Gulf Coast Reds. Ed Smith has also hosted high school and college baseball tournaments.
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  • Actually, that's a misnomer, as the spring training season is very short - limited to March. And prices are not much better here than in Baltimore. But if you're starved for baseball, here you are.  more »
  • We always attend at least one spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium(Baltimore Orioles spring trading home)each year. Great venue for baseball. Crab cakes and a good selection of craft beers!  more »
  • But this isn't quite old any longer. It was completely redone for the Baltimore Orioles and is a very great venue to see a baseball game. Fun for watching your favorite teams in Spring Training, with ...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful ballpark with a ton of Sarasota character. I was lucky enough to attend as a guest of the owner and the experience was one of a kind. We had a wonderful time watching the Orioles and Rays. While I didn’t get to try any out, the vendors were plentiful and the food looked varied and delicious. Parking was very easy and just a short walk from the stadium.
  • Small stadium that gives you an intimate feel for the game. Every seat feels close. Food was decent. Didn't find a great beer selection, but also didn't look too hard. Parking in and out was fairly easy. Food view no matter where you sit. Liked the small field vibe!
  • A very nice ballpark. It's easy to get around the park for food, frink, bathrooms and seats. Food and drink prices are a bit high but not outrageous. It has great views for baseball. The ushers are helpful and friendly. The place is clean and gas plenty of seating in picnic areas both where you can see the game and below. All in all a great little stadium.
  • Home of the Baltimore Orioles spring training. There was not a bad seat in the house as it is a small and intimate stadium. Plenty of parking at and around the stadium within a 5 minute brief walk. If your team in not the Orioles but are playing in the area on the gulf coast of Florida I would recommend making your way to Sarasota to catch a game at Ed Smith Stadium. Very beautiful ball park and well worth seeing Sarasota also.
  • Cleanest stadium ever. Lots of helpful, enthusiastic volunteers. Effecient food lines. Veggie dogs available. Redd's Apple Ale available as well as local drafts. You can bring reusable water bottles inside with you. Very wheelchair accessible.
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