ROGER DEAN STADIUM
The Miami Marlins share Roger Dean Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals during the Grapefruit League spring-training season. Roger Dean Stadium is one of the newer stadiums in the Grapefruit League -- it opened in February 1998 -- and the total capacity is 7,000: 6,400 in box seats, bleachers and skyboxes, up to 300 on a party deck, and 300 in berm seating. There are six luxury suites as well. The entire complex includes four major league practice fields and eight minor league practice fields. It was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport), one of the more prolific ballpark-design firms in the United States, as part of a larger residential/retail development in eastern Florida.
|The training camp in all its glory.|
Originally Roger Dean Stadium was also the spring-training home of the Montreal Expos. However, when Jeffrey Loria sold the Expos, he retained the Florida rights and property that had belonged to the Expos, deciding to move the Marlins' spring training to Jupiter while still paying on a spring-training lease at Space Coast Stadium in Melbourne. The word was that Loria wanted the team to train closer to his home in Palm Beach, but team officials insist that the swap was made in order to market the Marlins to Palm Beach County. (Yeah, right.)
During the regular season Roger Dean Stadium is home to the Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A; Florida State League) and the Palm Beach Cardinals (rookie; Gulf Coast League). It was named for West Palm Beach car dealer Roger Dean, whose family bought the naming rights.
Spring Training History
In 1993 the then-Florida Marlins first held spring training in Cocoa. The site was shifted to Viera's Space Coast Stadium in 1994, with the move to Roger Dean occurring in 2003.
The St. Louis Cardinals have trained at Roger Dean Stadium since it opened in 1998. The Montreal Expos trained here from 1998 through 2002, and in 2003 the then-Florida Marlins began training there.