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TICKETS TO GO ON SALE FOR 2015 DETROIT TIGERS SPRING TRAINING

HOME GAMES ON SATURDAY

79th Season at TigerTown in Lakeland Highlighted by Visits from Yankees, Rays, Orioles and Blue Jays

LAKELAND, FL – Individual tickets for Detroit Tigers Spring Training home games will go on sale Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Joker Marchant Stadium box office. The box office is located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Tickets may also be purchased at 10:00 a.m. through the Tigers website, www.tigers.com or via telephone by calling toll free 1-866-66-TIGER (84437). Fans requiring handicap seating may call (863) 686-8075 on Saturday.

Fans will receive free hot dogs, popcorn, soda and coffee at the concession stands from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The Tigers will also be holding a special merchandise sale at the souvenir shop from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The souvenir shop will also be open 9-4 Monday-Friday beginning Monday, Jan. 12.

This spring will mark the Tigers 79th season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2015 spring season marks the club’s 50th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Tigers will open the exhibition schedule on Monday, March 2 as the club plays host to Florida Southern College in the annual matchup against the Moccasins. The Tigers open the home portion of the Grapefruit League schedule against the American League East Division Champion Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, March 3.

The schedule is highlighted by visits from the National League East Division Champion Washington Nationals on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 and Sunday, March 22, as well as trips from the New York Yankees on March 20 and April 2, and a visit by the National League Central Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, March 28.

Tickets for the 2015 spring exhibition season will be priced at three separate levels: Navy, Orange and White. Navy games will be held on March 17, March 20, March 26, March 28, April 2, and April 3. Orange contests will be on March 3, March 5, March 9, March 14, March 21, March 22, March 30 and March 31. White games will be played on March 2, March 8, March 12, and March 25.

Full season ticket packages for the 2015 Tigers Spring Training exhibition season are currently on sale at the Joker Marchant Stadium ticket office, via phone at (863) 686-8075, or by visiting www.tigers.com. Fans may also purchase season ticket plans of five-or-more games by calling (863) 686-8075, or visiting tigers.com. For additional ticket information and special group pricing, call the Lakeland ticket office at (863) 686-8075.

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I was asked a question or two about JMS seating with a small child for Spring training. I could not return the info as his in file is full so here is my response:

Just my idea here. Try to get tickets in the upper rows, T-U-V-W. You will be in the shade or out of the rain (also behind the netting). I believe the normal row is 1-29 so you can get an idea where in the row your seats are. Try and talk to Ryan Eason, the ticket manager who also has a young child. Those seats are near the upper walkway and there are several picnic tables staged there. We usually camp out at a table so I can move around and take photos without my lens clicking in someones ear.

No age limit on children, think babies are free unless an additional seat is purchased. Now if you go the handicapped route, they are in short supply and mostly occupy the top row just behind the regular seating and two small platforms down low. Many enjoy bringing a blanket and like the berm.

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I was asked a question or two about JMS seating with a small child for Spring training. I could not return the info as his in file is full so here is my response:

Just my idea here. Try to get tickets in the upper rows, T-U-V-W. You will be in the shade or out of the rain (also behind the netting). I believe the normal row is 1-29 so you can get an idea where in the row your seats are. Try and talk to Ryan Eason, the ticket manager who also has a young child. Those seats are near the upper walkway and there are several picnic tables staged there. We usually camp out at a table so I can move around and take photos without my lens clicking in someones ear.

No age limit on children, think babies are free unless an additional seat is purchased. Now if you go the handicapped route, they are in short supply and mostly occupy the top row just behind the regular seating and two small platforms down low. Many enjoy bringing a blanket and like the berm.

2 babies. :laugh:

I have cleaned up my messages. I just did not want to bog down the thread with stuff no one else would care about...I emailed someone there and I am waiting for a response, but this helps a little.

I have no idea how to properly plan an outing with 2 kids. Especially in that sort of environment. We would have a big stroller and bags...which was why I was curious about the handicapped area and how that worked. Can you still see the game from the tables? I am trying to recall the area you are talking about. The berm would be out of the question with the sun issues for them. Didn't they build some seats out there? Is there a place you can check in a stroller or something and then just hold them the entire game? I am trying to envision how it works with small kids and a big double stroller etc.

If anyone else has any tips taking small kids to games besides the obvious (do not do it!) I would appreciate those as well. It is something I miss doing and would love to go back to spring training and to make it a yearly thing. We did 2 years straight, but missed the last 2 years.

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Might as well open this thread up for discussion on how others have coped and suggestions. In your question I would ask for handicapped seating if available upstairs. The tables are right behind the handicapped seating. You will have any bags searched going in so travel as light as practical. If the tables are normally placed you can see the game fine (one game they had been moved against the back wall and a new usher would not allow us to relocate them. I finally got the GM to okay the moves.

On hotels and motels, I just did a Trip Advisor search and found some pretty good reviews. Two of the lesser known (the Westmont and the Grand Regal) show there is good and bad with both privately owned places. The Westmont has a pool right on the highway, but it is just across the road from the lake that abuts Tigertown. Just follow the shore to the game ab out a mile or so away. The Grand Regal also is on the same lake a little closer. It once was a Holiday Inn which hosted the Tigers in the late 90's. Not sure if they still have a pool. They also have sections which rent weekly to the working individuals. You could actually get along without a car from this location as many chain restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance. The ballpark has a sidewalk along the lake all the way from the motel.

The motels and hotels near US 98 and I4 along with those at I4 ans Socrum Loop are near good eating and you have several to select from. both areas are an easy drive to the stadium.

So the family wants to do something else while you go to the game? Besides the obvious theme parks, a quieter day can be found at the Lowery Park Zoo in North Tampa or the Florida Aquarium in East Tampa (both less than an hours drive) or what about visiting Winter the Dolphin in Clearwater? Good golf abounds and if you haven't heard of Streamsong, check it out: Golf Packages and Stay and Play Packages, Florida | Streamsong Resort

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Might as well open this thread up for discussion on how others have coped and suggestions. In your question I would ask for handicapped seating if available upstairs. The tables are right behind the handicapped seating. You will have any bags searched going in so travel as light as practical. If the tables are normally placed you can see the game fine (one game they had been moved against the back wall and a new usher would not allow us to relocate them. I finally got the GM to okay the moves.

On hotels and motels, I just did a Trip Advisor search and found some pretty good reviews. Two of the lesser known (the Westmont and the Grand Regal) show there is good and bad with both privately owned places. The Westmont has a pool right on the highway, but it is just across the road from the lake that abuts Tigertown. Just follow the shore to the game ab out a mile or so away. The Grand Regal also is on the same lake a little closer. It once was a Holiday Inn which hosted the Tigers in the late 90's. Not sure if they still have a pool. They also have sections which rent weekly to the working individuals. You could actually get along without a car from this location as many chain restaurants and shopping are within easy walking distance. The ballpark has a sidewalk along the lake all the way from the motel.

The motels and hotels near US 98 and I4 along with those at I4 ans Socrum Loop are near good eating and you have several to select from. both areas are an easy drive to the stadium.

So the family wants to do something else while you go to the game? Besides the obvious theme parks, a quieter day can be found at the Lowery Park Zoo in North Tampa or the Florida Aquarium in East Tampa (both less than an hours drive) or what about visiting Winter the Dolphin in Clearwater? Good golf abounds and if you haven't heard of Streamsong, check it out: Golf Packages and Stay and Play Packages, Florida | Streamsong Resort

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Doesn't look like Florida does it? A reclaimed phosphate strip mine by Mosaic.

Thanks Roger.

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JBK,

In your question I would ask for handicapped seating if available upstairs. The tables are right behind the handicapped seating. You will have any bags searched going in so travel as light as practical.

If you bring water it must be sealed. Since you will have children with you I'm sure juices will be fine. Also any snacks have to be sealed. I know the last couple of yrs, you could leave a stroller against the wall inside the park and walk up to your seat. We have not had our ushers meeting yet so this could all change.

Good luck and have fun!!!

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JBK,

In your question I would ask for handicapped seating if available upstairs. The tables are right behind the handicapped seating. You will have any bags searched going in so travel as light as practical.

If you bring water it must be sealed. Since you will have children with you I'm sure juices will be fine. Also any snacks have to be sealed. I know the last couple of yrs, you could leave a stroller against the wall inside the park and walk up to your seat. We have not had our ushers meeting yet so this could all change.

Good luck and have fun!!!

Thank you for the info Kev. I sent an email to Shannon Follett asking some of these questions, but have not heard back from her. Is there a better person to send an email to with some more questions?

Also, I do not want to come off as a jerk for buying handicapped seats, but we would have 2, 8 month old babies with us...I am just not sure if any other seat would work.

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JBK,

In your question I would ask for handicapped seating if available upstairs. The tables are right behind the handicapped seating. You will have any bags searched going in so travel as light as practical.

If you bring water it must be sealed. Since you will have children with you I'm sure juices will be fine. Also any snacks have to be sealed. I know the last couple of yrs, you could leave a stroller against the wall inside the park and walk up to your seat. We have not had our ushers meeting yet so this could all change.

Good luck and have fun!!!

Just noticed you have seniority on me here!!

Will you be working Fantasy Camp?

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Thank you for the info Kev. I sent an email to Shannon Follett asking some of these questions, but have not heard back from her. Is there a better person to send an email to with some more questions?

Also, I do not want to come off as a jerk for buying handicapped seats, but we would have 2, 8 month old babies with us...I am just not sure if any other seat would work.

Shannon is the one to ask, and trust me you would not be a jerk for trying to get handicapped seats.

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