Atmosphere

When planning a trip to Sarasota to watch the O’s warm-up before the season, you’ll want to plan your trip for late February-early March to get the most out of the experience. If you hit your dates right, you’ll be able to get up close to the Orioles at their early spring practices as well as get in a spring training game.

There is no better time to see your favorite players than during early spring practices. These practices provide you with an intimate experience that you won’t find anywhere else, putting these practices on the bucket list of any die-hard baseball fan. Whether you want to catch Dylan Bundy pitching a bullpen session or see Manny Machado in the cages, attending early spring practices is a must.

Additionally, when attending an Orioles spring training practice or game, you’ll want to find plenty of parking in both the official and unofficial lots around the ballpark. The parking lots here are a bit pricey though at $10 a spot, giving you an incentive to carpool to the game.

Take advantage of the opportunity to watch your O’s train before the season by getting to spring training early in the season.

Traditions

Orioles Practices

Those of you arriving to spring training early will want to take the opportunity to see the O’s practice. Up until March 4th, you can watch your favorite Orioles players and prospects practice at the practice fields adjoining Ed Smith Stadium. Practices take place from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm every day, so don’t miss them.

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Ed Smith Stadium Marquee

Don’t miss the stadium marquee as you make your way to the ballpark. The marquee lists the O’s opponent and features three flags, one for every Orioles World Series championships.

Road to Camden Yards Sign

Take a minute to see the road sign that tells you the distance between Ed Smith Stadium and Camden Yards. The signpost also contains the distances between Ed Smith Stadium and the Orioles’ minor league affiliate’s ballparks, so make sure to check it out.

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Where to tailgate

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