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Get Ready To Catch 2015 Spring Training During Your Central Florida Vacation
Coming off an unusually cold winter for most of the country, thoughts of a spring vacation in Central Florida are extremely enticing. The weather is mild, the fragrant scent of orange blossoms hangs in the air… and 2015 Baseball Spring Training fever is in full swing.
Experience a Longstanding Tradition During Your Central Florida Vacation
Spring Training in Central Florida goes back more than 100 years, when the Chicago Cubs held the first spring training in Tampa in 1913. Today, 15 Major League Baseball teams comprise Florida’s Grapefruit League, venturing to locations all across sunny Florida to compete.
Centrally located in the heart of the action is Lakeland, the Spring Training home of the Detroit Tigers. This spring marks the Tigers 79th season at TigerTown in Lakeland. Some upcoming exhibition dates for the Tigers include:
- Monday, March 2nd – opening day against the Moccasins at Florida Southern College
- Tuesday, March 3rd – home game against American League East Division Champion Baltimore Orioles
- Tuesday, March 17th & Sunday, March 22nd – National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals
- Monday, March 20th & Monday April 2nd – New York Yankees
- Saturday, March 28th – St. Louis Cardinals
There are several Florida Grapefruit League spring training teams within about an hour drive, including:
- Atlanta Braves
- New York Yankees
- Philadelphia Phillies
- Houston Astros
- Toronto Blue Jays
2015 RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational
The annual RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational is a crowd-pleasing favorite that keeps players and spectators coming back to check out the action year after year. This year’s event runs February 13 – March 31, 2015 and will feature more than 200 college teams in all divisions (NCAA Div I, II, III, NAIA and JUCO).
2015 Central Florida Rebel Spring Games
Nearly 70 NCAA Division I, II, and III softball teams are expected to participate in the Rebel Spring Games this first year, with more than 400 games scheduled between March 4-20, 2015. The Auburndale Softball Complex and Winter Haven’s DiamondPlex will host all of the games played, with the hope of expanding the numbers of teams and facilities as the event grows.
Ready to start planning your spring training Central Florida vacation? Check out http://www.visitcentralflorida.org/vacation-guide/ for your free vacation guide and to learn more.