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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  • August 26, 2017
    Great ballpark experience, looks like a mini Camden yards in Baltimore, friendly staff and goof gift shop  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I went to the last game of the season and the baseball park is AMAZING. Great selection of beer, wine and quality food. The weather was hot but we knew that we would be sitting outside with no shade s...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    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 »
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  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 4, 2017
    Fun place to watch a game. Cash only craft beer in outfield? Cmon its 2017.
  • May 4, 2017
    Lots of fun. Great view from the seats we had. Nice fireworks show after the game.
  • April 2, 2017
    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!
  • March 15, 2017
    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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