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.
Don’t miss the Rays play in Lakeland versus the Tigers on March 26!
Known by fans as “Tiger Town,” Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium has been Detroit’s Spring Training home since 1966, though the team has been based in Lakeland since 1947. With the Tigers’ plans to remain at the facility for at least the next 25 years, the stadium has undergone significant renovations to enhance the gameday experience.
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.
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!
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.
Looking for something to do before or after a Tigers Spring Training game? There are plenty of things to do in and around the Lakeland area.
Explore the work of America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, a national historic landmark. The campus is home to 13 remarkable Wright-designed buildings, including the Usonian Faculty House, the Water Dome, and the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.
Set on 16,000 acres of stunning scenery, Streamsong Resort is a one-of-a-kind golf destination designed to be in harmony with its natural surroundings.
The only place in the world with courses designed by Coore/Crenshaw, Doak, and Hanse/Wagner in the same location, the resort also features a modern lakeside lodge offering luxurious accommodations, outstanding dining, and a spa. In other words, it’s Florida golf paradise.
What Lakeland lacks in size makes up for unique and fun things to do! Check out our Lakeland neighborhood page and discover why we love exploring this unique town.
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