The Tigers was founded in Detroit in 1894 as part of the Western League, then became one of the American League's eight charter franchises. The Detroit Tigers have won four World Series Championships — 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984 — and have claimed the American League pennant 10 times.
The Detroit Tigers began coming to Lakeland for spring training in 1934 and have been coming back ever since, making it the longest lasting relationship between a current host city and a major league baseball team. 2011 will mark the Tigers 75th season in Lakeland and its 46th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium in Tiger Town. Over the years, expansions and enhancements have nearly doubled the stadium's seating capacity — from 4,900 to the current 8,000. The berm will hold about an additional 1,000 fans.
Joker Marchant Stadium is located at 2125 North Lake Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.
I-4 from Orlando to Exit 33 (CR 582), turn left onto CR 582 (North Socrum Loop Road). Veer to right after going under overpass to turn onto State Road 33 (Lakeland Hills Boulevard). Joker Marchant Stadium is located about two miles on the left.
I-4 from Tampa to Exit 32 (US 98 South), turn right onto US 98 South (South Florida Avenue). Turn left at second traffic light onto Griffin Road. Turn right at second traffic light onto Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Joker Marchant Stadium is located about one-half mile on the left.
Traveling from the South (Bartow/Mulberry) take S. Broadway Avenue (US 98 North) about 12 miles to Massachusetts Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue (Lakeland Hills Bouelvard). Joker Marchant Stadium is located about one-and-a-half miles on the right.
Traveling from the East (Winter Haven) take 6th Street North to SR 544 West. Make a left onto SR 544 West and follow for about three miles. Turn left onto US 92 West and follow for about 11 miles to Lakeland Hills Boulevard. Turn right. Joker Marchant Stadium is located about one mile on the right.
Parking: Parking passes may be purchased in advance. Parking fees for Joker Marchant Stadium are $7.00 for cars, $10.00 for RVs and $15.00 for buses. A season parking pass is $119.00.
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