(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles invite all fans to celebrate the start of Spring Training at Sarasota SpringFest, a free family-friendly event for fans of all ages at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, February 18. Along with watching players practice on the back fields, fans can also enjoy games and interactive activities in the East Parking Lot, located next to the Left Field Ticket office, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The second annual Sarasota SpringFest event will feature a Question & Answer session with Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph at approximately 12:00 p.m., as well as a variety of games and interactive activities. Fans can also visit the photo booth for a free photo featuring a custom Ed Smith Stadium background, and the booths of local partners Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Suncoast Blood Bank. Z105 Suncoast Classic Rock will be on hand to provide music, contests, and games.
Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally will offer a variety of food truck options available for purchase.
Fans are also invited to watch Orioles workouts on the back fields at the complex each day from February 14 through February 23 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., leading up to the first Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. on Friday, February 24. The first full squad workout will be held on Friday, February 17. There is no charge to attend, and free parking is available in the East Lot off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.
The Orioles will play their first of 17 home Spring Training games in 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Spring Training game tickets, as well as Orioles merchandise, will be available for purchase during SpringFest. Tickets are also available at the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office each day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
SpringFest is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/springfest.
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