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Fan’s Guide to the Detroit Tigers Spring Training

  • March 02, 2023
  • | 15:58 PM

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A less-than-stellar 2022 campaign saw the Detroit Tigers finish in fourth place in the American League Central (behind the first-place Guardians who eventually knocked the Rays out of the playoffs). What the Tigers lacked in performance last season will be erased by the excitement surrounding eventual Hall of Famer Miguel “Miggy” Cabrera’s sendoff season – 2023 will be the last chance we get to witness one of the game’s all-time great hitters before he retires at the end of the season.

Also, we can’t forget former Ray, now Tiger Austin Meadows will look to rebound from a homer-less 2022 season after signing with Detroit. Take a trip to Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium to see the 2023 version of Miggy, Austin, and the Tigers in Spring Training!

Keep reading for things to do in and around Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Sit On Deck

The On Deck Suite, located behind section 208, offers fans a living-room feel to their gameday experience, with comfortable furniture and couches, high-definition TVs, and best of all an all-inclusive buffet! Outdoor seating is also available to take in the baseball action.

Sit in the Dugout

Take a stop by Hooters Dugout near section 100 on the first base line for the perfect spot to get autographs from your favorite players and coaches. Maybe Meadows and Cabrera will stop by! Perfect for groups of up to 40 people, the area includes an all-you-can-eat picnic with the select ballpark and Hooters food. 

Sit in the Shade

Spring in Florida can be hot! If you like the shade seats in one of the newer-shade covered sections 211-216, rows N and up! The 34 Club is another covered option. PSA – guests are allowed to bring in one plastic unopened water bottle. Make sure to take advantage of this perk!


The Kids Playground in leftfield is designed for kids of all ages. Centered around a 27-foot inflatable Tiger bounce house (a kid’s dream, right?!) the playground also features a wiffle ball field and other interactive games to bring baseball to the fans!

Directions to Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Traveling from Tampa

To get there from Tampa, which has the closest and biggest airport, take Highway 60 (Courtney Campbell Causeway) West. Cross over Highway 19 and go to the next stoplight (Old Coachman Road). Turn right (north) at Old Coachman Road.

Proceed north through the Drew Street intersection. BayCare Ballpark will be on your right.

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