Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Reporting Dates 2017
Rays pitchers and catchers will report on February 12, 2017 and position players will report on February 17, 2017. The first full-squad workout will be February 19, 2017. (Always subject to change by the ball club).
Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Fan Event
February 4, 2017: It's the Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest with autographs and photo opportunities on the field, kids interactive zone, big league batting cages, speed pitch and home run derby, game area and more. Free admission and free parking. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for season ticket holders and 11 a.m. for the general public. Event goes until 4 p.m. Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Click for more info.
The Tampa Bay Rays officially moved to their new spring home, 75 miles south, in Port Charlotte, Florida in February, 2009.
The Charlotte County Stadium (now the Charlotte County Sports Park), which was spring training home to the Texas Rangers from 1987 - 2002, was renovated in time for the start of the 2009 Tampa spring training season to the tune of $28 million.
The Charlotte County Stadium features over 5,000 reserved seats and 2,000 seats on the grass berms along the foul lines in the outfield.
Rays front office officials say that with suites and group party areas the overall capacity is about 6,800.
The renovated park features a boardwalk that spans the outfield, a barbecue area, a Tiki bar along the boardwalk in center field with a roof lined with old baseball cards and a children’s play area which will be open year round...and has become an “autograph alley” for fans during spring training season.
There are also 5 ½ practice fields in addition to the stadium, covered batting cages and more, all designed to make the 2008 American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays feel right at home.
The first Tampa Bay Rays spring training work out is scheduled for mid-late February when pitchers and catchers have their first workout. (subject to change)
The full squad is scheduled to report a few days later and their first full squad workout is scheduled for a few days after that.
The Tampa Bay Rays first spring training game is February 28, 2014, at home in Pt. Charlotte, against the Baltimore Orioles, whose spring training home is Sarasota.
After Spring Training: The stadium will not be empty over the summer. The Class A Charlotte Stone Crabs will take over the park.
Directions: From the Sarasota area take I-75 south to exit 179 toward North Port/Port Charlotte. Merge on to North Toledo Blade BLVD. Turn right at El Jobean Rd/SRR-776/Veterans Blvd. Continue to follow El Jobean Road/SRR-776 until you see the park, (about a mile) on the left. Turn left into the park grounds. The Charlotte County Sports Park is at 2300 El Jobean Rd, Port Charlotte, FL. From the Sarasota/Venice area this is about a 30-35 minute drive from the I-75/Laurel Rd interchange.
Dates and times are deemed to be correct, however they were provided by the Rays and are subject to change without notice, according to the Rays.