March is the month to head to Florida, or clear the calendar if you live there, for the highly anticipated Major League’s spring baseball training season. Professional baseball teams do their spring practice sessions and games in either Arizona or Florida. During this time, you can see great professional ballgames at pristine ballparks for a low price. The state of Florida represents the Grapefruit League. Half of the baseball teams practice on the Atlantic coast and the other on the Gulf coast.
Washington Nationals: Baseball Spring Training in Florida
My first game of the season was in Viera, minutes from Melbourne, at the Space Coast Stadium. I was there to see the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves. Let me advise you that you must have cash in order to park your vehicle on the lots. The price was $9 per car. My daughter, Peyton, and I had to go out of the parking lot and to an ATM at a nearby shopping complex to obtain cash. Yes, that is spoken from the voice of been there, done that, had to take the U-turn of shame out of the parking loop.
Pre-purchase your Tickets
Peyton and I purchased our tickets online before leaving home, which saved the headache of standing in line on game day. Bleacher seats were only $12. This seemed an incredible bargain until we ordered lunch. Two hotdogs and two drinks set us back $29. Were they delicious? Absolutely. Can anything compare with a good ballpark dog? The good news is that for $1 more than a typical soda, you get a cool souvenir cup to take home with you.
Fans were thrilled to see their favorite players at the game and most were sporting T-shirts and jerseys naming players Strasburg, the National’s pitcher, and Zimmerman (the Nationals have two with this last name). Braves fans were doing their traditional supportive cheers and “the chop”.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
We landed great seats though the sun was beaming. Be sure to wear and bring sunscreen to reapply throughout the game. Florida is already in the high 80’s at this time of year so be prepared and stay hydrated.
The stadium stands were filled with cheering crowds enjoying a dose of springtime and good, cold beer. Spring training makes for a great day of cheap entertainment. I appreciate that the baseball parks are so nicely manicured and in perfect shape. I also love that the game is solely baseball, announcing, with a touch of the occasional music here and there; no silly side games and contests like in the real games.
Enjoy Spring Baseball this Spring Break
America loves baseball and it is apparent through how many people show up for these spring training games and sessions. I am lucky to have 4 stadiums within an hour drive from me so my free days in March are spent enjoying the outdoors and sporting events. If you love either, spring training season might be a big attraction for you and your family. Are you a baseball fan? Who is your team?
Click here for a list of current games and locations. Space Coast Stadium holds 8,100 fans.
*** This ballpark was closed after the 2016 season. They now reside at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
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