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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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  • Not a bad seat in the stadium! The Orioles Spring Training is a must for anyone visiting Sarasota in Feb/Mar. Good food options, great weather and plenty of beverage choices! You'll love it. 
  • Great spring training site for Orioles, looks like Camden Yards great staff, nice gift shop, parking charge for games 
  • If you like spring training and have a favorite team, catch them at "Birdland" in Sarasota. Weather is usually great, fans are knowledgeable & it is fun seeing the guys up close and personal. 
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  • This is one of the best small league stadiums in Florida. Great food, up close to the Orioles. Saw A-Rod here about three years ago sitting in my $13 dollar seat. Great place to spend an afternoon.
  • This stadium is all redone. The springtraining home to the Balimore Orioles it has everything a baseball fan wants in a newer stadium. Just this year Ed Smith stadium received the award for the best field in the Florida grapefruit league. The field looked especially beautiful, well kept and cared for. Ticket prices are competitive with other Florida stadiums, the food is good and there's plenty of parking. The negatives are the $10 for parking and of course the cost of food inside the stadium. Come stuffed but at least leave room for 1 hotdog. The restrooms are clean and the ushers are always very helpful and friendly. The stadium is in a good neighborhood with a sports bar across the street from the stadiums east parking lot in a small plaza. One good tip. If you go early enough to park in the east lot, entrance off Tuttle Ave. do so. The other lot on the north side is pretty dusty. There are other parking alternatives where local businesses sell parking spots in their lots, some right across the street from the main entrance. They usually charge $20 for the convenience. I suggest you use these premium spots if you care to keep your auto clean from dust and ding free.
  • Beautiful stadium, how much was it again for the taxpayers?
  • Great Spring Training experience at Ed Smith Stadium. Recently caught a Tampa - Baltimore game that ended up being called early due to a rainout. The staff was quick to handout forms to mail in to get a refund for both the ticket and parking. The staff is very hospitable and the stadium is well designed with great sight lines from any seat. Very intimate and much closer to the field than the regular season stadiums.
  • All the seats are great. Most seats don't have shade, so make sure to bring your sunscreen.