Blame it on these polar vortexes that have covered the area here recently, or the fact that Spring Training is just two weeks away, but today we thought we would provide you with some information on the Baltimore Orioles home during the spring, Ed Smith Stadium.
Let's face it, unless you get to take the journey down to Sarasota, or you live in the area, the odds are that even the most die hard Orioles fans will never get to see the Birds Spring Training home.
For those who have not and do not see a chance in the future to visit Ed Smith Stadium, this article is for you.
Ed Smith Stadium has been the Spring Training home for the Orioles since 2010 and was renovated for the 2011 season, and boy what a gorgeous facility it is. It is a state of the art facility and houses several practice fields behind the main stadium. The stadium seats 7,428 fans with additional standing room available.
In addition, there are 100 high-definition televisions are located throughout the stadium and a high-definition LED video board in the outfield measures 17 feet high by 30 feet across. During the renovations in 2011, there were three air conditioned suites added to the stadium and were numbered 66, 70, and 83 to correspond with the Orioles three World Series Championship seasons. Also added was a fabric sun shade that doubled the amount of seats in the shade for those hot Sarasota days.
- In the 2013 Spring Training season, the Orioles set an all-time Sarasota record with 120,455 attendees. The Orioles also set a franchise record with 9 sellouts, including an Ed Smith Stadium single-game record of 8.797 fans.
- In the four years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, over 440,000 visitors have enjoyed Orioles baseball at Ed Smith Stadium—the four largest attendance years in the team’s 60-year history.
- A minimum of 6 Spring Training games each season are televised via MASN in the Mid-Atlantic region, reaching a territory that covers more than 7 million households in 6 states. Additionally, select games air nationally on ESPN and MLB Network each spring, reaching tens of millions of additional fans.
The Orioles will open their home portion of their Spring Training schedule on March 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
We hope this gave you a little bit more information on the Birds Spring Training home and makes the itch for Spring Training to start that much greater.
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