|Baltimore Orioles Florida Spring Training ED SMITH STADIUM |
|Capacity ||7,500 |
|Year Opened ||1989 |
|Dimensions ||340L, 375LC, 400C, 375RC, 340R |
|Surface ||Grass |
|Local Airport ||Sarasota |
| Tickets on Sale || To be announced. |
|Address ||2700 12th Street (12th Street and Tuttle Avenue), Sarasota. |
| Directions ||Coming from the north on I-75, exit at University Parkway; go west on University to Tuttle; turn left and head south on Tuttle; stadium is located on the right at the intersection of 12th and Tuttle. There is adequate signage to the stadium. |
The Baltimore Orioles are shifting spring-training operations to Sarasota after spending 14 springs at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. The Orioles signed a 30-year lease for Ed Smith Stadium; in return the facility will be renovated in 2010 after spring training.
Baltimore Orioles Spring Training History
The Baltimore Orioles have trained at the following sites (including their years as the St. Louis Browns): St. Louis (1901); French Lick, Ind. (1902); Baton Rouge (1903); Corsicana, Texas (1904); Dallas (1905-1906); San Antonio (1907, 1919, 1937-1941); Shreveport (1908, 1918); Houston (1909-1910); Hot Springs, Ark. (1911); Montgomery, Ala. (1912); Waco (1913); St. Petersburg (1914); Houston (1915); Palestine, Texas (1916-1917); Taylor, Ala. (1920); Bogalusa, Ala. (1921); Mobile, Ala. (1922-1924); Tarpon Springs, Fla. (1925-1927); West Palm Beach (1928-1936); Deland, Fla. (1942); Cape Girardeau, Mo. (1943-1945); Anaheim (1946); Miami (1947); San Bernardino, Cal. (1948, 1953); Burbank, Cal. (1949-1952); Yuma, Az. (1954); Daytona Beach, Fla. (1955); Scottsdale (1956-1958); Miami (1959-1990); Sarasota (1989-1991); St. Petersburg (1992-1995); Fort Lauderdale (1996-2009); Sarasota (2010-present).
Ed Smith Stadium opened in 1989 as the spring-training home of the Chicago White Sox. When the ChiSox moved spring operations to Arizona, the Reds moved to Ed Smith Stadium from Plant City in 1998. The Reds moved to Goodyear to share a ballpark with the Cleveland Indians beginning in 2010.