|Chronological Tour: Stop 258|
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.
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.
Besides minor upgrades to the seating bowl, the 2017 renovation added The í34 Club, down the right-field line, which honors the Tigersí arrival in Lakeland for spring training in 1934. A walk-around outfield concourse was also added, including an outfield bar and berm area.
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, based in Lakeland, was added at the time of the renovation in 2017.
|633||Mon 25-Aug-2003||Florida State||A||LAKELAND 8, Dunedin 7, 11 inn|
|1550||Sun 28-May-2017||Florida State||A||Dunedin 4, LAKELAND 3|