The New York Yankees are one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball, with 27 World Series championships to their name. And, with one of the biggest spending budgets in the sport, they are perennial contenders. The Bronx Bombers will begin their pursuit of title No. 28 in their home away from home, Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., and if you plan to be there with them, you’ve come to the right place.
Keep reading for the Yankees’ 2023 preseason schedule and things to do in and around Steinbrenner Field.
The Yankees’ regular season home, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx section of New York City, is known as the “House That Ruth Built,” an acknowledgment of legendary ballplayer Babe Ruth’s role in making the team what they are today.
The “big ballpark in the Bronx” is famous for its monuments to 16 former players and managers in center field, and Steinbrenner Field features those same monuments, in miniature, near its main entrance, providing fans with a unique opportunity to learn about the team’s history. You don’t have to go all the way to New York to see the famous monuments!
Mar 8 vs Cardinals
Mar 9 vs Red Sox
Mar 11 vs Phillies
Mar 14 vs Blue Jays
Mar 15 vs Phillies
Mar 16 vs Pirates
Mar 19 vs Orioles
Mar 21 vs Tigers
Mar 24 vs Twins
Mar 26 vs Blue Jays
Mar 27 vs Rays
Don’t miss the Yankees final home game of Spring Training versus the true hometown team – the Rays – in what is sure to be a high-demand game!
Named for the late Tampa local George M. Steinbrenner, who owned the Yankees from 1973 until his death in 2010, Steinbrenner Field is not only a state-of-the-art ballpark but also a monument to the often fiery “Boss,” as he was known. During his tenure as owner – his family still runs the team – the Yankees were ultra-competitive on and off the field, and that legacy lives on in the ballpark that bears his name.
The stadium’s original name was Legends Field, a nod to the long lineup of Yankees MLB Hall of Famers to pay Tampa a visit every spring. The original stadium name is fitting for even today’s Yankees squad with the likes of Aaron Judge taking the field.
Judge surpassed another Yankee legend, Roger Maris, in 2022 to become the newest American League single-season home run record holder! We might just see a home run, or ten, this Spring at Steinbrenner Field!
Opened in 1996, the beginning of the Bronx Bombers’ most recent period of success, Steinbrenner Field is the largest stadium in the Florida Grapefruit League, with more than 10,000 seats. Its main entrance features a palm tree-lined plaza complete with fountains, creating a beautiful setting for fans before and after games.
No team has won more World Series than the Yankees’ 27, and visitors to Steinbrenner Field can’t escape that fact as flags marked with the years of each of those championships fly atop the ballpark’s main grandstand. Photos of several of those legendary teams are also displayed above the gates into the grandstand.
To remember those who lost their lives due to the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, Steinbrenner Field featured a monument memorializing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers. The monument contains a piece of steel from the original structure.
The dimensions of the playing field at Steinbrenner Field are the same as those of Yankee Stadium, providing players with the perfect training ground for the regular season. Why hasn’t every other team thought of this?!
George M. Steinbrenner Field is located at 1 Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa, Fla. It’s across the street from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, just off Dale Mabry Highway. As a result, it’s easy to find. Take I-275 to the Dale Mabry Highway/U.S. 92 exit (41A) and travel north for about 1.5 miles. The stadium is at the corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The 800 parking spaces located behind the ballpark are reserved for the handicapped, season ticket, and suite holders. Fans seated in the grandstand and elsewhere park in the grass lots at Raymond James Stadium, across the street. A pedestrian bridge above Dale Mabry Highway allows fans to walk back and forth between the general parking lot and the ballpark.
Looking for something to do before or after a Yankees Spring Training game? There are plenty of things to do in and around Tampa Bay and, of course, fun in the Florida sun is never far away.
Tampa’s Riverwalk serves as a gateway to the city’s vibrant and growing downtown scene, with theaters, bars, restaurants, and bordering the Riverwalk. Check out Ulele for a unique Tampa restaurant experience, and don’t miss Armature Works for a food hall worthy of a spot in any big city! In addition to scenic views of the city skyline and the waterfront, the Riverwalk is close to the picturesque Kiley Garden and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, which hosts free concerts and events year-round.
The three-time running Stanley Cup finalist (taking home two Stanley Cups during the three-year span) Tampa Bay Lightning play their home games at Amalie Arena, which is downtown and within walking distance of the Riverwalk. Tickets are hard to come by, but with the Bolts doing well on the ice the atmosphere in the arena is, well, electric.
Venture past Amalie Arena a few blocks and arrive at Sparkman Wharf, Tampa’s latest upgrade to Channelside. Think rows of good food and desserts sold out of artsy shipping containers, and a central spot to grab drinks, all by the waterside. You can’t go wrong with anything here!
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