Find out what happens when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers make a touchdown at Raymond James Stadium, catch a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field, or discover which teams visit the area annually for spring training.
Home of Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training as well as the Florida State League’s Clearwater Threshers, Bright House Field seats 8,500 and opened in 2004. Located at 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, the ballpark boasts classic Floridian architecture and has a style a 360-degree main concourse and a tiki hut pavilion in left field. There are picnic areas, a children’s play area and a state-of-the-art video scoreboard.
Formerly known as Legends Field, this 31-acre complex sits directly across from Raymond James Stadium at 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Home of New York Yankees Spring Training as well as the Florida State League’s Tampa Yankees, the 10,000-seat stadium has 12 luxury suites and is identical in field dimensions to Yankee Stadium. The field also is home to the Hillsborough Community College Hawks baseball program.
Built in 1990, Knology Park seats 5,509 and features a press box level with air-conditioned skyboxes, three picnic areas and a scoreboard with electronic message display. The regulation-sized Major League playing field is home to the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training as well as the Florida State League's Dunedin Blue Jays. The ballpark is at 311 Douglas Ave., Dunedin.
McKechnie Field, built in 1923, underwent extensive renovation between 1991 and 1993, resulting in new kiosks, improved sight lines and a public plaza and walkway around the park. The ballpark, at 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, seats 6,602 and retains its original Spanish mission style archetecture. McKechnie Field has been home of Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training since 1969.
Progress Energy Park, Home of Al Lang Field, serves as the home of Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training. Located at 230 First St. S., St. Petersburg, the current incarnation of the ballpark and grandstand date to 1947, with extensive renovations in 1976; however, the history of baseball at the site goes back much further. Before the Rays played here, the Philadelphia Nationals made it their spring training home from 1916 to 1921, followed by the Boston Braves (1922-1924), the New York Yankees (1925-1937) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1938-1997). Some of the game's biggest legends played here, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle.
Home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the stadium’s most unusual feature is a 103-foot, 43-ton steel and concrete replica of a 19th century pirate ship created by the same company that produces props for Walt Disney World. The stadium hosts the annual New Year’s Day Outback Bowl and has been selected as the site of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.
The St. Pete Times Forum, located in Tampa’s Channelside district, is home to both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Storm. The facility also serves as a concert venue and has hosted events such as NBA exhibition games, NCAA tournament games, professional wrestling matches, boxing and figure skating. The forum has three decks, seven separate levels and features 20 ticket windows, 22 concession stands, two restaurants and 80 luxury suites.
Built as the Florida Suncoast Dome and temporarily renamed the ThunderDome during the mid-1990s, Tropicana Field has served as home to Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays since 1998. The 1.1 million-square-foot facility seats 38,437 and boasts unique design features fan amenities such as a 10,000-gallon tank housing more than 30 cownose rays.
The USF Sun Dome, 4202 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, is a 55,000 square-foot facility situated on the campus of the University of South Florida. Able to seat up to 11,324, the Sun Dome hosts a variety of events including basketball, boxing, bull riding, tennis and professional wresting.