Chronological Tour: Stop 258

Joker Marchant Stadium

New entrance to Joker Marchant Stadium, Aug-2003.

The seating bowl, as seen from the top of the first-base stands.

Looking out over the field after nightfall.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
The Tigers moved here from Henley Field in 1966. This is the centerpiece of the complex known as Tiger Town.

The field was closed for renovation in 2002; the renovation added a new concourse area, replaced some seats, reconfigured the bullpens, and added a berm and picnic area, among other changes that cost $11 million. While one old-timer said she liked the old place better, I suspect thatís just nostalgia. I liked this park.

Aside from a bleacher area down the third-base line, everything here is stadium seating. The concourse and all the aisles are sufficiently wide. I could come there every night. Attendance at the game I saw, though, was only 405. And thatís not because of the rain; thatís about average, which is a shame.

Joker Marchant, by the way, was a city commissioner in the mid-1960s who helped spur the construction of the Tigersí complex. The field sponsorship by the Publix supermarket chain was added at the time of the renovation in 2017.

Game # Date League Level Result
633 Mon 25-Aug-2003 Florida State A LAKELAND 8, Dunedin 7, 11 inn
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