Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium is a baseball field located in Lakeland, Florida. The stadium, opened in 1966, was renovated in 2002, holds 8,500 people, and was named after local resident and former Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director Marcus "Joker" Marchant. It is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers, as well as the regular season home for the minor league affiliates Lakeland Flying Tigers and Gulf Coast Tigers. On March 15, 2011, the largest crowd in the stadium's history (10,307 people) watched a spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.
The stadium's capacity was originally 4,900 in 1966 when it opened. In 1988, a bleacher section was added down the left field line, increasing seating capacity to 7,027. In 2002, Joker Marchant Stadium was renovated. The State of Florida's $4.5 million grant was the biggest financing chuck, while the Polk County Tourist Development Council chipped in $2 million. The remainder of the renovation's cost was paid for by the Tigers and City of Lakeland, increasing capacity to its present figure of 8,500.
In October 2014 the Lakeland City Commission announced that as part of a new agreement with the Detroit Tigers a $37 million renovation and upgrade of the 50-year-old stadium will commence starting in April 2016 following the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Spring Training. Funding will be provided in part by the Detroit Tigers, the City of Lakeland and Polk County. Two construction firms Barton Malow of Southfield, Michigan and Rodda Construction of Lakeland were chosen by the City Commission to oversee the project. The Detroit Tigers High Class 'A' Minor League club the Lakeland Flying Tigers part of the Florida State League played for the duration of their season at Henley Field which is located 1½ miles from Joker Marchant Stadium.
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Try to sit in the shaded section......full sun is so hot! we roasted to death, It is great to have MLB here 2 miles from the house. more »
And for good reason. Affordable, family friendly location and parking is never an issue. Great venue for a family Summer day out (bring hats and sunscreen). more »
Great stadium especially since the renovations. Highly recommend you seek out shaded seats. Minor league games priced very low and the snacks are not that expensive either. However, spring training games are!
This is an GREAT PLACE to ROOT, for the APPOSING TEAM, because THE DETROIT FLYING TIGERS are a thing of the PAST. This team is not really trying. Why even pay $10 for such an sorry team that doesn't even try, but to play Foul-Hit-Ball. What an great investment best for $10. RICK K.
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