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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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  • Although I'm not a baseball fan, I attended a Orioles game with 20 of my neighbors and had a terrific time. The stadium is immaculate, seats offer excellent views and the food was good (although overp...  more »
  • Seats are very good but need to be aware that many seats are in the sun for the entire time during day games Food choices are good and staff is very courteous  more »
  • Enjoyed a business retreat in a suite coupled with some third-base line front row seats. As usual, the ambiance of Ed Smith is spectacular with great food, eats and drinks. The stadium is kept up very...  more »
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  • 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!
  • A big improvement from the old Red's stadium, but they should have put the berm in the outfield as planned. The seating is tight & is in full sun throughout the afternoon spring training games. Even though Ed Smith stadium is 15 minutes from my home, I prefer to drive to Clearwater to see games at Brighthouse Field just to be able to sit on a blanket on the berm or to sit comfortably at McKecknie Field in Bradenton. Amenities are not as nice as they are at the other two stadiums I mentioned.
  • 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.