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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.


SEU Baseball to Face Detroit Tigers During 2019 Spring Training

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LAKELAND, Fla.— Southeastern University’s baseball team, the defending Avista-NAIA World Series Champions, will be taking on its toughest opponent yet this spring. The team will face the Detroit Tigers on February 22, at Publix Field at Joker Marchant for the first game of the 2019 Spring Training season. This marks the first time the Fire will face a Major League club.


“We’re blessed just to get the opportunity to get out there and play,” said SEU baseball coach Adrian Dinkel. “A lot of our guys have hopes and dreams to play at that level and they’ll get to see first-hand what that’s like. It’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives, and it’ll be exciting for our coaching staff and our student body as well.”


This marks SEU’s first game at Joker Marchant Stadium since a 2-1 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers on April 4, 2012. The Fire also faced the Tigers A-Advanced affiliate in 2010 and 2011.


For the past 19 seasons, the Tigers had opened their Lakeland schedule with Florida Southern College. In 2018, just six collegiate programs, all of which are NCAA members had the opportunity to face a Major League Baseball team during Spring Training.


“At Southeastern, one of our values is community,” said Southeastern Director of Athletics Drew Watson. “Being in the Lakeland community and building relationships within that community, this opportunity for our university is incredible.”


The 2019 Spring Training will mark the 83rd season for the Tigers in Lakeland, and the 55th at Joker Marchant Stadium.


“On the schedules that were announced, only two teams are playing college baseball teams during the exhibition season,” said Ron Meyers, Director of Florida Operations for the Tigers. “Winning a national championship is a memory you’ll never forget, but I promise you, when you step on this field and go against the Detroit Tigers, your knees are going to be shaking, your heart is going to be pumping, and you’re going to have a lot of fun.”


Southeastern went 59-7 last season, going 8-0 in the NAIA postseason to claim the first NAIA national championship in any sport in school history.


“We try to do this so we are engaged in the Lakeland community, our players get excited by the college players’ energy, and we’re very excited because of what Southeastern’s student body brings to the table,” said Meyers.

Photo: (Left to right) Ron Meyers, Drew Watson and Adrian Dinkel

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

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2009 North with the Tigers

NWT_webButtonDetroit Tigers –vs.-Minnesota Twins

August 7-8-9, 2009

Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Friday night hospitality & Game tickets

Saturday night game in Hospitality Suite

Sunday (Optional) Picnic Game

Accommodations at MotorCity Casino

Contact Jackie Johnson at Jackiej@lakelandchamber.com or 863.688-8551, ext. 223 for more information.

July Forum will include a flyer for pricing and registration.