It has got to be hard not to look forward to spring as a freezing winter rages all over the country. Millions
of baseball fans all over the country have their calendars set to March when their beloved team returns and this cruel winter
thaws into a glorious springtime. Spring training is the most fan-friendly time of the year, a time to get an autograph from
your favorite star and check out the up-and-coming players who are looking to make an impression and hopefully crack the opening
When spring training 2014 opens up at Ed Smith Stadium in beautiful Sarasota, Florida, Baltimore Orioles
fans will be thrilled to see slugger Chris Davis in person. Davis had a career year in 2013 with 53 home runs and 138 runs
batted in. This American League MVP candidate put up one of the most spectacular offensive years in recent history, and he
looks to try to best it in 2014. This all begins at Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training home of the Orioles since 2010.
Ed Smith Stadium was originally built in 1989 to be the home of the Chicago White Sox, who trained here until 1997. It then
became the home of the Cincinnati Reds, who departed the stadium and the league to join the Cactus League in Arizona in 2007.
Ed Smith Stadium became the spring training home of Baltimore Orioles in 2010 after an extensive renovation by the city of
Sarasota. The first order of business was to create parts of the stadium that correlate to the Orioles regular season home,
Camden Yards. Suites were built and numbered after the three World Championship years for the franchise and refurbished chairs
from Camden Yards were inserted into Ed Smith Stadium. This $31 million renovation turned Ed Smith Stadium into a mini Camden
Yards and a fantastic ball park that the Orioles and their loyal fans will call home for decades to come.
As the host stadium for spring training baseball, Ed Smith Stadium plays hosts to thousands of die-hard baseball
fans every year. They flock to the warmer winds of Florida to get a sneak peek at this year's club and the stars of the future.
Ed Smith Stadium has been the home to four different baseball franchises over the years, and home to some of the biggest baseball
stars like Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin, Bo Jackson, Carlton Fisk and Adam Jones.
In addition to spring
training, Ed Smith Stadium has hosted a number of minor league teams throughout the baseball season. The Sarasota Reds, Sarasota
Red Sox, Sarasota White Sox of the Florida State League and the Gulf Coast League Reds. These Class A teams have been feeding
the Major Leagues with superstars for decades and many have played for these four franchises. Baseball fans from Sarasota
and beyond have been thrilled by their play at Ed Smith Stadium, with many going on to great success in Major League ballparks
all over the country.
Sarasota, Florida is a city of unparalleled beauty and is always
a destination for northerners looking to escape their cold winters. This shoreline paradise is located on the west coast of
the Sunshine State. It is made up of islands knows as "keys" that are made up of some of the most beautiful beaches in North
America. The city prides itself on having a small town feel with all of the amazing qualities of a resort city. In Sarasota,
there are so many things to do, and a little something for everyone. The white sandy beaches feel like powder on your feet
as families make sand sculptures and relax for the day. Looking for something to do in town? The Sarasota Jungle Gardens offers
10 acres of tropical animals and vegetation. Sarasota enjoys a wonderful art culture, anchored by the the John and Mable Ringling
Museum. This lovely seaside city is truly a site to behold, the sunsets, the keys, and the friendly warmth of those who call
When it comes to Spring Training baseball, Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota,
Florida is one of the best in the business. Enjoying a game at this newly renovated ballpark has been a thrill for Baltimore
Orioles fans since it moved into the state of the art Stadium in 2010. When renovated, Ed Smith Stadium added three new air
conditioned suites named after the years of the three Orioles World Series Championship seasons. With seating for 7,500 baseball
fans, Ed Smith Stadium includes ample standing room for fans, as well as shaded seating and wide concourses with access to
great food and beverage concessions throughout the stadium. There is no bad seat in this house, so grab your tickets to Ed
Smith Stadium and enjoy spring training baseball in style.
Ed Smith Stadium Trivia
Ed Smith Stadium enjoyed
a very "presidential" visit in 2008. Who was the famous speaker?
Presidential hopeful and then Illinois State Senator
Barack Obama spoke to supporters at Ed Smith Stadium on November 1, 2008, just days before the election.