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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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  • I bought tickets last minute so I couldnt get any shaded seats but luckily there is enough shade to walk around in by the food concession areas. The game was sold out because it was vs a Canadian team...  more »
  • Our family typically has been going down to Sarasota to see our Orioles every spring for a few years. The stadium is extremely nice for a spring season stadium. In a way, it reminds me of Camden Yards...  more »
  • We have enjoyed the Sarasota Orchestra, Idols concert and of course an Orioles game or two here. I really enjoy the stadium. For the most part all the seats are good. The staff is great and make it en...  more »
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  • They hold beautiful Florida Symphony Orchestra concerts in the evenings on special dates well worth attending. That's really getting you $$ worth for this stadium and maybe get a few more to like baseball.
  • Fun place to watch a game. Cash only craft beer in outfield? Cmon its 2017.
  • Lots of fun. Great view from the seats we had. Nice fireworks show after the game.
  • Fun time at Spring Training game! Nice stadium. Parking is a bit of a problem. Stadium lots fill up quickly so plan to arrive early!
  • Had always wanted to go see my team, the Orioles, at Spring Training. The stadium is nice and there doesn't appear to be a bad seat in the house. I really liked that the ushers try to control the crowds a bit during action and ask you to wait until there is a break in play. Nice touch.

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