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Joker Marchant Stadium

Joker Marchant Stadium
Location 2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, Florida 33805
Coordinates
Owner City of Lakeland
Operator Detroit Tigers
(Stadium Operations)
Delaware North
(Concessions)
Capacity 8,500
Field size Left - 340ft.
Center - 420ft.
Right - 340ft.
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground September 1965[1]
Opened March 12, 1966[1]
Renovated 2003, 2016 (Upcoming)
Expanded 1988
Construction cost $360,000
($2.62 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Lakeland Engineering Associates
General contractor Frank C. Decker Construction Co.
Tenants
Lakeland Flying Tigers (FSL) (1967–2001, 2003–present)
Detroit Tigers (MLB) (spring training) (1966–present)
GCL Tigers (GCL)

Joker Marchant Stadium is a baseball field located in Lakeland, Florida. The stadium, opened in 1966, was renovated in 2003, 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 Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.[3]

Contents

  • Expansions 1
  • Gallery 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Expansions

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 2003, 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.[1]

In October 2014 the Lakeland City Commission announced that as part of a new agreement with the Detroit Tigers a $37 million dollar renovation and upgrade of the 50-year-old stadium will commence starting in April 2016[4][5] 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 will play for the duration of their season at Henley Field which is located 1½ miles from Joker Marchant Stadium.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b c Knight, Graham (May 29, 2010). "Joker Marchant Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Zebold, Tom (April 18, 2011). "Spring Attendance Was 2nd All Time for Detroit Tigers".  
  4. ^ Joker Marchant Stadium Renovations on Tap (Spring Training Online)
  5. ^ The Ledger Newspaper Online

External links

  • Ball Parks of the Minor LeaguesJoker Marchant Stadium Views -
  • Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department official site
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