Hitting A Home Run With A Central Florida Vacation.
Hitting A Home Run With A Central Florida Vacation Presented byCentral Florida Visitors And Convention Bureau www.VisitCentralFlorida.org
Experience A Central Florida Spring• Spring is the perfect time to experience a Central Florida vacation.• If you’re a baseball fan, take a trip and get a ﬁrst hand glimpse at 15 Major League Baseball teams as they begin their Spring Training.• Lakeland, located in Central Florida, turns into Tiger Town as the Detroit Tigers get out of the cold and step up to the plate in Central Florida.• The Tigers aren’t the only game in town, however, sports fans can ﬁnd a number of other things to do in Central Florida.
Why A Spring Training Game? • Spring training games are ideal for families because they come with a smaller price tag, but still offer the same excitement as a regular season game. • Spring games offer balmy Florida weather while providing access to 15 major league teams. • The facilities are smaller, which means that every seat provides a great view of the action on the ﬁeld.! • Fans are able to watch practice sessions and may have an opportunity to get autographs from players!
The Detroit Tigers Have A Tradition In Central Florida• For the 47th consecutive season, the Detroit Tigers have taken the ﬁeld at Joker Marchant Stadium.• 2012 also marks the 76th season that the Tigers will conduct their spring training in Lakeland. !• This is the longest relationship between a team and host city.• The Tigers kick off their season against the Atlanta Braves on March 4.
What Teams Can You Find In Central Florida?• The Detroit Tigers aren’t the only team you’ll be able to see in Central Florida.• On March 17, the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals play the Tigers.• The American League East Champion New York Yankees play the Tigers on March 24.• The National League East Champion Philadelphia Phillies will play on March 9 and March 25.
Florida’s Grapefruit League• 15 Major League teams train in Florida and make up what’s known as Florida’s Grapefruit League.• The New York Yankees play in Tampa, the Houston Astros play in Kissimmee and the Philadelphia Phillies play in Clearwater.• With so many different teams playing in Florida, residents and visitors alike have the chance to take in some world-class baseball.
2012 RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational• The annual RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational keeps players and fans coming back year after year.• This year, the event runs from February 18 - March 30 and more than 200 ! college teams will compete in all divisions.• Two popular venues for games include a former major league spring training stadium and a state of the art sports complex.
Other Sports Themed ActivitiesFor A Central Florida Vacation• There are a number of other things to enjoy in Central Florida, including parks, water sports, batting cages, golf courses and more.• Off the Wall Adventures in Lakeland has a paintball ﬁeld and batting cages, and offers kayaking, scuba diving and ﬁshing.• Other sports opportunities include catching an Orlando Magic game at the Amway Center or seeing the Tampa ! Bay Lightening at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
About Central Florida Visitors And Convention Bureau• VisitCentralFlorida.org is the go to source for current information on attractions, accommodations and events to consider when planning a Central Florida vacation.• Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau’s new vacation guide features LEGOLAND® Florida and a host of other exciting, family-friendly activities.• To order a copy of this new vacation planning guide, click on VisitCentralFlorida.org or email us at info@visitcentralﬂorida.org.