Sunshine and the smell of hotdogs and popcorn in the air must mean it’s that time of year again – spring training! And for those new to the Jupiter area, or looking to relocate here, we’re not talking about a boot camp or fitness class (not many of those serve hotdogs & popcorn – although that’d be nice!). We’re referring to Major League Baseball’s preseason and the games that take place at Jupiter’s Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium every March.
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is one of only two stadiums in Florida to host two major league teams annually for spring training: the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.
If you’re not familiar with baseball’s spring training, think of it this way – it’s kind of like seeing your favorite movie or TV actors perform in a small theater or your favorite band practice at a local establishment for a fraction of the cost.
For baseball fans, it’s the chance to see your favorite players up close and personal in a smaller venue. The stadium, built in 1998, holds 6,871 people and features luxury sky-box seating, two levels of permanent seating, parking, and concessions. The two teams share the main stadium where the games are played; however, the teams have their own practice fields, outdoor batting cages, several pitching mounds, and state-of-the-art conditioning rooms.
Spring training games don’t count in the standings, so they are more relaxed and fun. The players intermingle with fans – waving, signing autographs, and throwing balls to kids.
So, whether you’re a baseball fan or not, attending a spring training game is fun for the whole family. Pack your sunscreen and come out and enjoy the spring weather, sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” stretch at the seventh inning, or even catch a foul ball!
For more information, game schedules, and tickets visit the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium website.