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Ed Smith Stadium

Ed Smith Stadium, less than 2 miles from downtown Sarasota, has a capacity of over 7,500 people. 3 major league practice fields, an artificial turf practice infield, indoor batting cages, bullpens, umpire rooms, snack services, and a scoreboard/videoboard are all available for usage at the stadium.  Ed Smith Stadium, in Sarasota, Florida, is a baseball stadium. The Baltimore Orioles have called it home for spring training since 2010. Payne Park was demolished in 1989, and Ed Smith Stadium was erected to replace it as a Spring Training and Minor League Baseball facility. It is named for a Sarasota civic leader who played a key role in the construction of the new stadium. The Chicago White Sox (1989–1997) and the Baltimore Orioles used to call it home in the spring (1991). It took the place of Plant City Stadium as the Cincinnati Reds’ spring training home in 1998. The Reds stayed at the stadium until 2008. Ed Smith Stadium went a year without big league Spring Training as the Cincinnati Reds moved their spring operations to Arizona. In 2010, the Orioles took over as the stadium’s tenant and operator. Baltimore had previously trained in Sarasota County, at Twin Lakes Park in 1989 and 1990, and Ed Smith in 1991, before moving to St. Petersburg and then Ft. Lauderdale. For spring games, go to Fort Lauderdale. From 1989 through 2009, the stadium was home to the Single-A Sarasota White Sox, Sarasota Red Sox, and Sarasota Reds of Minor League Baseball. It was home to the Gulf Coast Reds of the Gulf Coast League from 2004 until 2009. Ed Smith has also staged baseball tournaments for high-level and collegiate teams. As part of his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama delivered a speech to an audience of 10,000 people on November 1, 2008. The seats in the restored stadium are refurbished seats from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Orioles’ first home ballpark. Suites 66, 70, and 83, which correspond to the club’s three World Series wins, have been added to the park as air-conditioned suites. A fabric shading system stretches from the original top of the stadium to roughly treble the number of seats that are shaded. The Orioles took a series of images to demonstrate the tremendous changes that have occurred as a consequence of the remodeling. Seating for spectators is provided, with an additional standing room area bringing the park’s total capacity to 8,500. Food and beverage vendors, a café, and a 2,000-square-foot (190-square-meter) gift store are located on two concourses. An HD LED video board in the outfield spans 17 feet (5.2 m) high by 30 feet (9.1 m) broad and has 100 HDTVs around the stadium.

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