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Celebrate the Tradition: Lakeland Welcomes Back our Detroit Tigers for the 73rd Annual Tiger BBQ and their 83rd Spring Training

LAKELAND, FLORIDA (January 30, 2019) – Our 73rd Annual Tiger BBQ, presented by Rodda Construction, a Lakeland tradition to kick off Spring Training, will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Publix Filed at Joker Marchant Stadium beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Please visit www.LakelandChamber.com to purchase your tickets for this exciting event!  The menu includes an exceptional menu, complimentary beverages and a souvenir mug!

Spring Training provides the State of Florida with an estimated economic impact of $753 million each year. In Lakeland, that translates to approximately $45 million—last year bringing 111,561 fans to the games at our newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The majority of these fans are from out of state—bringing new money into our area!

As a result of the stadium renovation and the new contract, Lakeland will now host Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers for more than 100 years. This new offering celebrates the Tigers relationship with the City of Lakeland dating back to 1934, the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city.  Lakeland is the only city to host a “Welcome Back BBQ!”

The Detroit Tigers spring training home, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland will show off an array of improvements since the 2017 season. Fans will find more shade, more box seats, more concession stands, a new 1,800 square foot merchandise store and more premium and group seating including the 34 Club.  For Spring Training ticket information and special group pricing, call the Lakeland ticket office at (863) 686-8075 or visit tigers.com/springtraining.


Flying Tigers Return Home July 4 for 5-Game Homestand


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Independence Day Celebration, Fireworks and Sunday Brunch Highlight Homestand

Lakeland, FL – The Lakeland Flying Tigers return to Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium for a five-game homestand against the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) July 4-5 and Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) July 6-8.

Tickets for all home games are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075 or visiting LakelandFlyingTigers.com. Tickets can be purchased at the BayCare Box Office at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Advance sale box seat tickets are $9 and reserved seats are $6. Seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under and active military personnel receive a $1.00 discount. Day of game tickets are an additional $3. Saturday tickets are an additional $1. Wednesday All-You-Can-Eat tickets are $12 for box seats and $10 for reserved seats (in advance). Parking is FREE.

Wednesday, July 4 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 5:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:00 p.m.)

Independence Day Celebration

  • Advance sale box seat tickets are $10 and reserved seats are $7. Seniors 60 and over, children 12 and under and active military personnel receive a $1.00 discount. Day of game tickets are an additional $3. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for the best seat locations and to avoid lines. Tickets for July 4th are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075 or by visiting www.LakelandFlyingTigers.com. Parking is FREE.
  • This upcoming Independence Day holiday week, MiLB teams from all 14 leagues will don custom-made American flag-inspired caps featuring their team logo in a red, white, blue and gold color scheme. The specialty caps will be worn by both players and umpires as part of their on-field uniforms, and include a subtle stars and stripes design under the bill and on the sweatband. Deemed “America’s Rally Cap” due to the unique pattern displayed beneath the crown, the 2018 Stars & Stripes cap will do more than make a fashion statement. MiLB will donate its licensed royalties from the sales of this year’s caps to the newly-established MiLB Charities Stars & Stripes Fund. The MiLB Charities Stars & Stripes Fund will contribute the monies raised to local military and veterans’ organizations through the Charles K. Murphy Patriot Award. Fans can purchase the limited-edition caps in team stores, and online through team websites and at MiLBStore.com.
  • The team will be wearing special patriotic red, white and blue jerseys.
  • During the game the Flying Tigers will have holiday picnic themed games, contests, music and fun.
  • • There will also be live music and entertainment following the game by The Sofa Kings.


  • Fan can enjoy the view, atmosphere and air conditioning in the brand new ’34 Club Presented by Miller Lite. The cost is only $35 and includes food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza sponsored by the City of Lakeland, Corona and the Ledger Media Group

The fireworks spectacular will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and is sponsored by The City of Lakeland, Corona and The Ledger Media Group and will be displayed by Fireworks Displays Unlimited.

Wine Wednesday and Drink Specials

Adults 21 and older can enjoy:

  • • $3 wine, spritzers and sangria including a special Star-Spangled Sangria
  • • Blue Betty Cocktail featuring Deep Eddy Vodka (Red, White and Blue Cocktail)
  • • Stars and Stripes Beer Bucket Special



Thursday, July 5 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) @ 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

Thirsty Thursday Sponsored by Miller Lite

Fans can enjoy 1/2 price select draft beer, wine & frozen cocktails during select Thursday home games. Alcohol sales will begin at 5:30 p.m. and end at the conclusion of the 7th inning.

Friday, July 6 vs. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) @ 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)

7-11 Friday’s Presented by 7-11 Socrum Loop

3, 4, 5 Happy Hours

Adults 21 and older can enjoy $3 domestic drafts, $4 premium drafts and $5 specialty cocktails.

MetroPCS Family 4-Pack

Families can enjoy the MetroPCS Family 4-Pack on Friday nights. With a MetroPCS coupon you receive 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for only $32! Vouchers are available at the Lakeland Metro PCS corporate store located at 3137 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33805.

Saturday, July 7 vs. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) @ 6:00 p.m. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.)

Shriners Night

The Bahia (Orlando) and Egypt (Tampa) Shriners will host a pre-game parade and raise awareness Shriners Hospital for Children and Shriners International.

Sunday, July 8 vs. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees) @ 1:00 p.m. (Gates open at 12:00 p.m.)

Sunday Brunch

Enjoy brunch in the ’34 Club Presented by Miller Lite from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance and $27 on the day of game. Menu includes chicken & waffles, omelet station, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, breakfast sausage, hashbrowns and create your own parfait. There will also be $3 mimosa and bloody mary specials.

Military Sunday

All active and retired military members receive complimentary admission to each Sunday home game. Flying Tigers players and coaches will be wearing special military themed jerseys each Sunday home game.

Kids Day

  • Kids 12 and under can play catch on the field beginning at 12:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Kids 12 and under can also run the bases just like the Flying Tigers following the game (weather permitting).

Dairy Queen Sunday Sundae

All fans will receive a voucher for a free sundae, compliments of Dairy Queen – North Lakeland.

The Flying Tigers are the Class A Advanced Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at www.LakelandFlyingTigers.com or call (863) 686-8075.


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Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium Seeks “Best of the Ballparks” Designation

The Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium needs your vote! Only one day left! Please show your community pride and vote for Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium as the BEST Ballpark! Our Lakeland stadium has made it to the final four and needs your vote to win! You can make a difference with a daily vote.


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